The most common disadvantages of being tall is finding clothes, having bad posture, not fitting into cars and airplanes, blocking others at concerts and movies, blending in, etc.
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The disadvantages have been described around forums for years, and now I thought I’d gather them all in a list and explain each one—whether you are living it or just trying to relate.
If you’re tall like me (I’m 6’8″), you know that the struggle is real. #tallpeopleproblems is a thing, and there are a lot of disadvantages that come with extra height.
If you are short, you are probably very confused about this fact. Isn’t it amazing to be tall? You get the girls, you’re great at sport, and employers pay you more.
Well, maybe that’s right to an extend. But let’s run over the most common tall people problems, and you’ll understand why it’s not only great to be tall.
1 Health-related problems
2 The world is too small
3 Inclination to bad posture
4 Find clothes that fit
5 Fitness is harder and takes longer
6 Assumed good at sports
7 Girls see your height, not you
8 People hate you at concerts and movies
9 Impossible to be anonymous
10 Unflattering face angle
11 Hard to hear shorter people at parties
12 Harder to hug and kiss
13 Doorframes and hitting your head
14 Safe but unfair height limits
15 Holding hands needs thought
16 Cars, airplanes and legroom in general
17 Legs don’t fit under tables
18 Tall comments everywhere
19 Biking hurts your knees
20 Cold feet syndrome
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Below you’ll find the most frequently mentioned tall people problems or disadvantages of being tall. Each one is curated from blogs, forums, and lists where tall people have commented with their own experience.
The most serious disadvantage of being tall is the health-related risks that extra height brings along.
With a longer spine, tall people are more likely to experience back pain—especially in the lower back.
When a tall person lifts something from the floor, the range is larger and the angle of the spine narrower.
This means that the stress on the spine is bigger, and the risk of getting injured is, therefore, higher than average.
Another risk is blood clots, which results from taller people having a higher blood pressure in general.
A larger body with longer limbs is in itself reason enough for the higher risk of getting a blood clot. There’s simply more blood and blood vessels in a longer body.
The lifespan of a tall person is also said to be shorter than that of a person of average height.
So, even though we try to life tall lives, our life will probably be shorter in the end.
The world is too small
For people above average height, the average-sized world is simply too small. Sinks, bathtubs, mirrors, door handles, etc are just made for a certain demographic.
It makes good sense to design all things for the majority. But it means that most use of such things feels like a disadvantage from being tall.
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I once had to sit on my knees in a bathroom at my hotel to reach the sink. It’s funny at first sight, but living through this always gets annoying over time.