What is the average height range for guys?

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    Feb 18, 2011 2:47 PM GMT
    I'm about 5' 5 1/2" lol... is that real short for a 21 year old guy or no?
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    Feb 18, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    Average height for an American is around 5'9", so it is on the shorter size.
    On the plus side chairs are made to fit to your size better and you have more leg room on buses, planes, and trains icon_biggrin.gif

    When I was 21, a lot of my friends were other rowers, swimmers, and water polo players. Most of us guys are over 6' and the ladies are over 5'10". What's normal height is relative.
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    Feb 18, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    yeah, you're on the short side...
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    Feb 18, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    Just barely 5'5''..
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    Feb 19, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    I'm 5'11" - perhaps a tad taller than the British average of 5'10".
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    Feb 19, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
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    Feb 19, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    6'6''.

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    Feb 19, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    I know that a big part of this site is about body image, but I wouldn't worry about something that you can't change. I'm shorter than you, but I rarely notice it. There's nothing that i can do about it, so I work on those things that I can.

    Look at it this way, you can always find good clothes on the sale rack... icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    There's always the possibility of a late growth spurt, speaking from personal experience. I am now mid 30s and somehow 3 inches taller than when I turned 30.

    Not sure how it happened, but I'll take it. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 19, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    Kaizen76 saidThere's always the possibility of a late growth spurt, speaking from personal experience. I am now mid 30s and somehow 3 inches taller than when I turned 30.

    Not sure how it happened, but I'll take it. icon_razz.gif


    Hmm. That seems quite rare. Is it possible your posture improved because of exercise? Any special supplements, more sleep, etc. around the time it started?

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    Feb 19, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    I'm 5'4'' and I know that is shorter than the average of 5'9'' or so.

    It is best not to be concerned about your height, it is something that you really have no control over so just embrace how tall you are.

    That being said, it can be hard getting things on upper shelves at the supermarket.
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    Feb 19, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    Which is worse... being too short or being too tall?
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    Feb 19, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Doesnt matter really for me I'll find you a stool or I'll stand on my tippy toes
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    Feb 19, 2011 6:19 AM GMT
    SeaSon said
    Kaizen76 saidThere's always the possibility of a late growth spurt, speaking from personal experience. I am now mid 30s and somehow 3 inches taller than when I turned 30.

    Not sure how it happened, but I'll take it. icon_razz.gif


    Hmm. That seems quite rare. Is it possible your posture improved because of exercise? Any special supplements, more sleep, etc. around the time it started?

    Thanks icon_smile.gif


    Hmmm, the only supplement I took back then was Hydroxycut, since I was about 50 lbs overweight. I wasnt sleeping much, so that couldnt have helped

    The only thing I did that was new to me was running; when I got down to a decent size and started running a few miles a week, everything started growing. First I went up a shoe size, then another, and then I eventually noticed I was taller than people who were formerly taller than me.

    Weird stuff but I shan't complain. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    I am around 6' 0" ... give or take a little bit
    and that's a little tall for the average in my country (Panama).

    When I came here to the US i found out .... that here in California, I'm small than a lot of white guys lol icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 19, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    Kaizen76 said
    Hmmm, the only supplement I took back then was Hydroxycut, since I was about 50 lbs overweight. I wasnt sleeping much, so that couldnt have helped

    The only thing I did that was new to me was running; when I got down to a decent size and started running a few miles a week, everything started growing. First I went up a shoe size, then another, and then I eventually noticed I was taller than people who were formerly taller than me.

    Weird stuff but I shan't complain. icon_wink.gif


    That's pretty amazing. Sounds like the most likely reason would be improved posture and perhaps some stretching.

    If you were carrying around 50lbs of excess weight, your posture probably wasn't ideal at the time, plus the excess weight may have compressed the spacing between your discs. So, getting rid of the weight and stretching would help "unlock" a few inches. Some people who do Yoga have reported changes in height too.

    Then again, who knows, maybe it was a rare growth spurt. Very interesting either way. Thanks for sharing!
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    Feb 19, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Average Joe from my natal region ( Balkan ) is about 180 cm, or taller...I am 195 cm, or 6ft.4....However, in China, where I live since 2006, its different story. From northern cities of Harbin and Beijing, where people are relatively tall, to southern China where average height for a guy is 170 cm...
    I wonder what would be the world average height? In cm, pleaseicon_lol.gif
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    Feb 19, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    a1bot saidWhich is worse... being too short or being too tall?


    If you're short:
    You can always buy taller clothes and have them tailored. You can't have short clothes 'extended.'
    You get a reality show on TLC (Little People, Big World; The Little Couple; Toddlers & Tiaras icon_razz.gif). Where's the Tall People, Tiny Planet show?
    You get more leg room.
    You get called cute.
    You don't have as far to fall.


    If you're tall:
    You get picked right away in sports.
    You can reach the top shelf of anything without a ladder.
    You can look down on everyone else (figuratively and literally).
    It's easy to find you in a crowd.
    You know if it's raining or snowing before anyone else.
    People always want a hug from you.
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    Feb 19, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    Awwwww......I'll take a hug........icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    I'm between 5'10" and 5'11" but I'm wide too LOL
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    Feb 19, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    I was always among the shorter boys in school. I barely got to 5'8" (almost 173 CM) in my late teens, but I've shrunk to about 5'7" today (170 CM).

    Oddly, my father was at 6 feet, and all his 3 brother's were even taller, too, as well as their sons, my first cousins, some of them giants. And my own 2 sons are at 6'5" (195 CM), each of them passing 6 feet at around 13 years. I really do need to have a DNA test done on them. LOL!
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    Feb 19, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    i love short guys haha
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    Feb 19, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    5'6.5 here and yes I am consider short. I would recommend pilates classes by the way. It really helps with posture and give you the ability to stand proud no matter what the height. Also to make you feel better most CEO's are shorter than average.