Edward Hernandez a 2 ft 3.46 inch (27-inch or 70.21 cm) tall man from Bogota, Colombia is now officially the world’s shortest living man following the death of Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal measuring 2ft 2.41 inch (67.08 cm) tall on January 17, 2020.
It is worth mentioning that Edward Nino Hernandez hasn’t grown much — only 40 cm since the day he was born. Even Hernandez’s youngest brother Miguel Angel is just 93 cm (37 inch) tall.
Overwhelmed by the drawbacks of his short height Hernandez used to feel bad when people make fun of him or treat him like an abnormal child. He studied only up to eighth class but left school soon after and now makes a living as a show-piece — dancing at Malls/department stores or acting in films.
At the age of 24, Edward Nino Hernandez weighed just 10 kg and was recognized as the world’s shortest living man by the Guinness World Records on September 4, 2010, but lost the title to Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal.
Born on 14 October 1992 in the Baglung district of Nepal — 28 years old, Khagendra Thapa Magar – was till now the World’s shortest teenager (male) who could walk without any external aid or support. His height was measured three times over a period of 10 hours before being declared as the world’s shortest man. He was just 2 ft 2.41 tall and died because of asthma, pneumonia and cardiac problems at a hospital in Pokhara, 200km away from Kathmandu.
Magar lost out on the label of the world’s shortest mobile man to 54.6cm tall Chandra Bahadur Dangi, another Nepalese national but regained the title again after the death of Dangi at the age of 75 on September 3, 2015.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, incidentally happens to be the shortest ever man – dead or alive who inhabited planet earth.
Because of his short stature and small size – Magar didn’t fit into the world of normal people but didn’t let this prevent him from leading a life- King size. He was just 14 years old when he was spotted by a traveling salesman who took him to local fairs, where children paid to be photographed with him.
The Guinness World Records recognizes two categories of people with short stature – those who are mobile and those who aren’t.
In the non-mobile category, Junrey Balawing from the Republic of Philippines measuring 23.62 in (59.93 cm) is the world’s shortest man non-mobile man. He cannot walk or stand without aid or support. Junrey retained the record for less than a year till February 2012, when Chandra Bahadur Dangi was declared the world’s shortest living man.
Son of a poor blacksmith, Balawing, who was born in Sindangan, 865 kilometers south of Manila the capital of the Philippines and stopped growing at the age of 1. He narrowly missed the chance to be called the shortest man in history, a title held by 22-inch tall Gul Mohammed of India until 2012. Gul Mohammed died on October 1, 1997.
Curiously Gul Mohammed from India– was just 1cm taller than Khagendra Thapa who was declared the world’s smallest living man on his 18th birthday in 2010.
Prior to this, 2ft 5inch tall He Pingping from China was the shortest man but died on March 13, 2010, in Rome, Italy where he had gone to participate in a television program. He had filmed two episodes of the program before complaining of uneasiness in the chest. He remained in the hospital for nearly two weeks and had to undergo all sorts of tests. He remained in the intensive care unit for three days.
Born in Wulanchabu, China, in 1988 according to the doctors attending to Pingping he suffered from primordial dwarfism since the day he was born due to a kind of bone deformity called osteogenesis imperfecta, which hinders normal bone growth and body height.
And after his death, his body was returned to China for burial. Pingping was a chain smoker.
Dwarfism is a medical condition. Height is correlated with health components, like life expectancy. According to a study in Sweden, there is a strong correlation between height and suicide among Swedish men. Women having a height below 4 ft 11 inches generally tend to have a small pelvis, leading to complications during childbirth.
Various studies have revealed that most rich, successful and powerful people in the world are expected to be tall, dark and handsome. In our society where appearance makes a big difference, there is a strong bias against short people and being short is considered a liability. Short people are prone to social discrimination and often bullied by their classmates in school. Even short adults, find it difficult to adjust or command the respect of even people of average height. Short people find it difficult to get the right-sized clothes, shoes and furniture. A majority of short people find it difficult to buy vehicles, chairs, beds or cupboards suitable for their height. Both men and women have to wear special elevator shoes to look taller.
The size of your body determines your fate:
- Short people – below the average height are generally looked down upon
- Short people – both men and women suffer from low self-esteem
- Short people tend to be poor while the tall ones earn more money and live an easy life
- Taller people are believed to be happier
- Short men are considered less capable, less likable, more insecure and inferior
- There is a likely correlation between height, physical fitness, health, and intelligence
- Bigger the better – tall men have the upper hand in most situations
- Taller men may live longer – each extra 1 cm of height reduces the risk of death by 0.5%- 2%
- Both tall men and women are said to be more confident and attractive
- Most women tend to find well-built tall men as more desirable