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The 4’7 height guide: How tall is 4 foot 7?

The 4’7 height guide: How tall is 4 foot 7?

A height of 4’7 is well below the average height for a girl and the normal male height, but this doesn’t mean that being a 4’7 person is bad.

And with that in mind, this guide will outline some of the reasons why a person might be 4 foot 7.

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How short is 4’7 for a woman?

A stadiometer displaying the height 4 feet 7 inches

For a woman, a 4’7 height would mean that she’s nine inches shorter than the average woman. A 4’7 woman would be considered to be a dwarf due to her unusually short stature.

A 4’7 person is 139.7 centimeters or 55 inches tall. This means that a 4’7 female would actually be quite tall for someone with dwarfism. 

Adult 4’7 women are obviously a rare occurrence within most population groups. And if you do meet a 4’7 person and engage in conversation with them, it’s best to just talk to them normally without referring to their height.

A 4’7 girl is, on the other hand, a normal occurrence if the girl is between the ages of 9 and 10.

So, as always, to say whether a certain height is short, you need to put that height into context. For a girl who’s not yet begun puberty, 4’7 is a normal height. But for a fully-grown woman, 4’7 is much shorter than average.

Can a man really be 4’7?

A happy little man at the beach

Yes, it’s completely possible for a man to be 4’7 if he has a short stature, which he may have due to his short parents or because of a growth hormone disorder.

A 4’7 male would be significantly taller than the average dwarf, who’s about 4’0 tall, according to Little People of America. [1]

A 4’7 man is around 14 inches shorter than average.

Conversely, a 4’7 boy is of a normal height if he’s between the ages of 9 and 10. Some boys who are older than this may also be 4’7 if they have short parents.

What is the average weight for a 4’7 female?

A woman stood on some weighing scales

A 4’7 female who is still growing usually weighs between 75 and 90 lbs, depending on her age.

Obviously, a 4’7 adult will weigh considerably more than this in most cases. But that granted, it’s still hard to give an average weight for a 4’7 adult because such data really is hard to come by. [2]

Is it good to be a 4 foot 7 inch woman?

A woman with her dog

You can be virtually any height and be completely satisfied with your stature, so I would never say that a given height is bad.

Of course, being a 4’7 person can present some challenges, but there are also 4’7 people who live happy and fulfilling lives, especially once they realize that there are other people just like them.

So, for certain tasks, being a 4’7 woman or a 4’7 man is obviously a disadvantage. But if you can learn to accept your height and are treated well by those that you meet, then you can definitely have a good life as a 4 foot 7 inch woman or man.

Are there many girls who are 4’7?

A doctor measuring a girl's height

Yes, there are lots of girls who are 4’7. As mentioned, 4 foot 7 is actually a pretty common height for girls who are between the ages of 9 and 10.

Of course, an older girl who is 4 foot 7 would be considered short.

But on the other hand, a younger 4’7 girl, let’s say she’s 8 years old, would actually be considered quite tall.

So, as always, whether a given height is short or tall heavily depends on the age of the girl.

Conclusion: What’s it like being a 4’7 person?

Being a 4’7 person, while not exceptionally small as far as little people go, will still present some (likely daily) challenges.

Obviously, some people make unnecessary comments when they meet a 4’7 person, which can be an upsetting experience. Many 4’7 people have come up with replies that make them feel less awkward when they get questions and comments about their height in public.

From what I’ve read, the life of 4’7 men and women becomes easier once they realize that they’re normal. Sure, they’re shorter than average, but they still think and act like everyone else.


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  2. Hunter, A. G., Hecht, J. T., & Scott, C. I., Jr (1996). Standard weight for height curves in achondroplasia. American journal of medical genetics62(3), 255–261.<255::AID-AJMG10>3.0.CO;2-J