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What is life like for a 4’6 height person?

What is life like for a 4’6 height person?

Want to know what life is like for a 4’6 person? Curious as to how a 4’6 woman compares to an adult of ordinary size? If so, then you’ll find this article interesting.

Although it’s uncommon to encounter 4’6 people in our everyday lives, there are quite a lot of adults with short stature in the United States and other countries.

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How tall is 4’6 for a person?

A stadiometer displaying the height 4 feet 6 inches

A height of 4’6 is not very tall for a person who has been through puberty. This is because the average man and woman are 15 inches and 10 inches taller than a 4’6 person, respectively.

As such, a 4’6 woman or a 4’6 man are medically categorized as dwarfs, which simply means that they have short stature due to their genetics, restricted growth, or other medical conditions.

Dwarfs can often have disproportionately short limbs compared to the rest of their bodies, but some 4’6 people have arms and legs that are proportional to the rest of their body.

A 4’6 height is equal to 137.16 centimeters or 54 inches, which, although taller than the average dwarf, is still well within the height range to be considered a dwarf.

What’s life like at the height of 4’6?

A happy little man at the beach

Although you might think that life as a 4’6 person would be a constant struggle, this isn’t actually true. 

Sure, every little person probably gets comments about their height every now and again (as if they weren’t already conscious of it!). But there are many cases of people who are 4 foot 6 and even smaller finding love, having children, pursuing their dreams, and just generally leading fulfilling lives. [1]

This isn’t actually that surprising when you think about it. After all, apart from their short stature, 4’6 men and women really are just like the rest of us, as human as humans can be.

Of course, some tasks, such as food shopping, can be way harder when you’re 4’6 because you might not be able to reach some of the shelves.

But in terms of quality of life, there are so many examples of people with short stature living great lives that there really is endless inspiration out there for 4’6 people.

What is the average weight for a 4’6 female?

A woman standing on some weighing scales

The average weight for a 4’6 is around 77 lbs. This is based on body mass data from 4’6 girls who are still growing.

Such data doesn’t exist for 4’6 adults, and research shows that typical measurement tools, such as body mass index, are basically useless for 4’6 people. [2]

Obviously, a 4’6 adult should weigh more than a 4’6 kid because a 4’6 height girl is still growing. But as for specific weights, such guidance should come from professionals who deal with people that are of a short stature.

Why are some people 4 foot 6?

A happy man using his computer

Some 4 foot 6 people suffer from restricted growth simply because they have short parents, whereas others have problems with their pituitary glands that reduce growth hormone production.

Someone who has disproportionately short stature (achondroplasia) is short in height but also has arms and legs that are much smaller than the rest of their body.

However, since the height of 4 feet 6 inches really isn’t that small for a dwarf, many 4 foot 6 women and men may have short stature (and proportional arms and legs) due to a genetic disorder.

Of course, there are also 4 foot 6 children who are simply 4ft 6in due to their current stage of life, which is to say at roughly nine years old.

In conclusion

Learning about 4 foot 6 people is interesting because after doing your research, you start to discover that they really are just like the rest of us.

Sure, we don’t see a 4’6 woman or a 4’6 man every day of the week, but there certainly are people of this height or shorter living within our societies.

The best way to accommodate someone with short stature is to simply treat them as you would anyone else. Instead of mentioning their height, ask them their name and have a polite conversation—they’ll really appreciate being treated well.


  1. Benedictus, L. (2017, November 25). Little Britain: what is life like as a small person? The Guardian.
  2. Owen, O. E., Smalley, K. J., D’Alessio, D. A., Mozzoli, M. A., Knerr, A. N., Kendrick, Z. V., Kavle, E. C., Donohoe, M., Tappy, L., & Boden, G. (1990). Resting metabolic rate and body composition of achondroplastic dwarfs. Medicine69(1), 56–67.