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Life & Style: How Tom Makes Himself Taller

August 20, 2010

From the pages of the August 30, 2010 edition of Life & Style, Tom Cruise is critic-ed on the night of the Knight and Day premier in London for looking as tall as Cameron Diaz. Reportedly, Jimmy Au’s tailor to Stars 5′ 8″ and under has dressed Tom in the past. The magazine also reports that Cruise uses Lift Kits shoe insoles to help boost his height, which can also be found at Jimmy Au’s. Check out pages 44 and 45 to get the full scoop.

How Tom makes himself taller

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Height increasing insoles comparison and shoe lifts product review

May 30, 2009

Here at All About Height (AllAboutHeight), we have spent countless hours speaking with individuals about increasing their height; listening to their stories of challenges, frustration and success. We’ve also been a consumer and user of many of the products that claim to help you grow taller; from ‘growth pills,’ to stretching techniques that help you grow, HGH (Human Growth Hormone), wearing customize shoe with heels to make you taller. We agree that stretching is great for posture and appearance and will make you appear taller, feel taller and actually be taller, but it wont actually help you grow taller – it cant hurt though. Growth Pills are a down right scam if you ask us, a waste of money, time and who knows what you are putting in your body. HGH as proven, works in terms of increasing height but only while you are in your years of growing. It is also extreme and expensive. High heels and customized height shoes with built in insoles don’t really work for us, they may for us, but not for us. High heels on men just look ridiculous and everyone knows you are compensating for a lack of height. Also, shoes with built in height cushions dont allow for flexibility of style, you are forced to wear shoes that don’t convey your style or trends and that sometimes look plain silly. What we have found is that height increasing shoe insoles and heel lifts can provide a person with a quick change in height, allowing them to instantly grow 1″ to 3″ as soon as applied.

Based on our conversations with hundreds of individuals on the subject we realized their was no review of the different companies and websites that offer insole shoe lifts so we decided to put one together. Below you will find a review of the companies website, product and price and our thoughts about each. Please comment on your thoughts about these companies and let us know if there are others that belong on this list.

ShoeLift

About ShoeLift.com
Proven to Instantly Make You Look Taller, Slimmer and Increase Your Self Confidence!
Fact: Regular usage of Shoe Lifts will help Tone & Strengthen Calf Muscles!
Shoe lift heel lift inserts may be used by both men and women, in all standard footwear. Dress shoes, casual shoes and all types of boots can comfortably conceal the lift and provide valuable and secret height increase. The lifts are made using a durable yet comfortable black EVA foam blend, and affix to the sole of any shoe by means of a peel-off adhesive coating on the base of the lift. This means that the lift can be used in your favourite boots or shoes, and you don’t have to spend large amounts of time and money on height exercises, human growth hormone, limb-lengthening, height increasing shoes or special footwear to get that extra height you desire!

Height Increase – 1 pair of these .25 (quarter inch) heel lifts will run you:

Price – $38.00

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While ShoeLift.com seems to ship anywhere in the world it seems to be located overseas, possibly in Asia, which may affect your shipping time if you are located in North America or Europe. The site is a bunch of text on a page and isn’t all that helpful. But the 2 biggest issues for us are the prices at $38.00 for a 0.25″ of height seems higher than the norm. The second is that heel lifts alone seem to move around in your shoe when putting them on, making for a somewhat uncomfortable fit at times.

increasingshoes.com

About IncreasingShoes.com
Our shoes will invisibly increase your height by 2-5 inches without losing any comfort. Every pair of our shoes is stylish, comfort, high quality and with best care.
Height increasing elevator shoes are not going to make you grow taller, they are similar to high heels, but the heels are hidden and much more comfortable, with our patented height increasing shoes offer extra cushioning, the additional layer of shock absorption cushioning ensure the bottom of feet to receive minimal impact from walking.
Wearing our height increasing elevator shoes will increase your height unnoticed by others, and it will also enhance your physical appearance at the same time. And they are always undetectable. The secret of the height increase given by products lies in the internal build-up of the shoes. This height increaser was shaped to fit in the rear of the shoe.
Men who want to be taller should give our elevator height increasing shoes a trial, they will not be disappointed. Our shoes are really beautiful. The bespoke look and hard wearing qualities make them well worth the price. Your order will have our careful attention and your money will be refunded in accordance with our guarantee, if you are not satisfied.

Height Increase – 2″ – 5″

Price – $49.00 – $149.00

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As mentioned in our first paragraph of this article, while Elevator Shoes work they don’t offer a lot of flexibility in styles. They may be better in a dress shoe experience as most dress shoes are not heavily branded to begin with but in the scenario that you are wearing sneakers it would be difficult to convey your own sense of style. When we used live chat on the site, we received this message:
“All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly.”
Most of these sites seem to be bland and not heavy in conveying helpful tips, explanations or a good user experience in terms of navigating their websites.

LiftKits

About MyLiftKits.com
LiftKits was founded by 3 guys in Hollywood, California on the simple belief that we should take a realistic approach to an increasingly unrealistic world. In the real world, we are constantly trying to deceive reality… All of us have observed the tactics women engage in to cheat the playing field. Whether it be high-heels, push-up bras, padded bras, fake eye lashes and the like, these women have a lot in their collective arsenal and, quite simply, it works. At LiftKits we had one thought: Why not add something extra to our game? If this is reality then lets live it.
With that being said, LiftKits is all about one thing: Confidence. Let’s face it – having the ability to naturally and comfortably increase your height up to 2 inches is huge. The first time each of us stepped into a pair of LiftKits, it not only changed our height but our State of Mind as well. Initially, we wanted to keep it a secret from others but as our friends started to notice the certainty in which we acted and the assuredness in our step – we had to come clean and share the secret. The feeling of walking into a night club and comfortably scanning the crowd is hard to describe; I am no longer average! Or to walk into a job interview, an audition for your next part, or to simply to go out with your friends on a Saturday night and stand out from the crowd – the confidence you’ll possess when wearing a pair of LiftKits will change your life. It changed ours.

Height Increase – 1″ Lo-Top 1.5″ – 2″ Hi-Top

Price – $20.00 Lo-Top $25.00 Hi-Top

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The reason we like and recommend LiftKits as our #1 choice are multiple. First and foremost the price is right.
They have a Facebook, MySpace, Photos on Flickr as well as their site and most of all they have an informative blog that keeps you update with their product and best practices. Supposedly they will be launching a women’s line shortly.
The company also seems to be fairly transparent about the difficulties associated with wearing height insoles and allows for community involvement when commenting and answering questions about their insoles at get satisfaction.

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5CMShoe.com

About 5cmShoes.com
New insole increase your height close to 5cm in secret
This insole may be used by both men and women, in all standard footwear.
All types of boots can comfortably conceal the lift and provide valuable and secret height increase.
We only accept PAYPAL payment and will ship WORLDWIDE.

Height Increase – 1.5″ – 2″ (5cm)

Price – $15.00 USD

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5cmShoes has a similar height boosting product to LiftKits. We like this site because it straight forward and to the point. They accept Paypal and the site is in English, Japanese, and Cantonese (Chinese). If you are located in Asia or the UK, we recommend 5cmShoes for your purchase.

TallMenShoes

Welcome to Tallmenshoes.com, your NO.1 American shoes retailer featuring Men’s Height Increase Shoes online. With over 10 years of elevated shoes selling experience on the web and direct manufacture, we are able to provide you the highest quality footwear at greatest price. Our product will invisibly add 2-4 inches in height without losing any comfort. Every pair of the shoes is stylish, comfort, high quality leather made w/ best care. Increase Height has never been easier!
The secret of the height increase given by elevator shoes lies in the internal build-up. The build up improves your posture and gives you a feeling of positive well-being and grow taller. Elevator shoes is the only and final solution of height increasing. With over 200 different styles selection in stock for immediate shipping, you can rest and assure to have a satisfied shopping experience.

Height Increase – 2″- 5″

Price – $68.00 – $177.00

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Again, as with IncreasingShoes.com, TallermenShoes give you the Elevator boost you are looking for but the lack of style and flexibility still remain. You are stuck with the shoes vs. being able to quickly and easily move the insole from one shoe to the next to allow for you to carry your style to any shoe and still get the extra height boost needed.

MagicInsoles

About MagicInsoles.com
This year, MagicInsoles has partnered with the World’s No.1 elevator shoes manufacturer Increasing Shoes, the company that invent Height Increasing Shoes to offer their Increasing Shoes at our site.
Before, you can put MagicInsoles into your normal shoes to get 1-2 inches taller. From now, you can easily get up to 5 inches taller by purchasing the World’s No.1 Height Increasing Shoes from us.
To celebrate our new relationship with Increasing Shoes, we launch the 2009 Special Promotion to let you save more and more. MagicInsoles is your ONE-STOP-SHOP for elevator shoes and height increasing shoe lifts.

Height Increase – 1″ – 2.5″

Price – $29.99

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Magic Insoles
have a host of products to help boost your height The site is a bit out dated and old school and prices seem to trend a bit higher than the comparable 5cmShoes and MyLiftKits.

TallerHeels (based in the UK)

About TallerHeels.com
Height Increasing Insoles and Heel Lifts from TallerHeels
Our height increasing insoles (heel lifts) simply slip inside your existing shoes fitting almost any size of shoe, men’s or women’s making the user appear taller, acting as adjustable lifts – and they are completely discreet.

Height Increase – 1cm – 5cm

Price – 5.99 British Pounds

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TallerHeels conveys a lot of information about boost growing products and the price points are cheap. This company/website is located in the UK, so pay close attention when getting items shipped as they may carry a hefty shipping fee for your height insole purchases.

TallerYou

About TallerYou.com
To provide unsurpassed product quality and effectiveness with the best service possible. Help to improve the quality of life for our customers and the charities we support. We are committed to providing the highest level of professionalism and ethics.

Height – 1″ – 2 1/2″ Heel Lift only

Price – $30.00 (Pack of rubber wedges)

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Although theses insole height lift inserts will give you a height boost, the site and products are plain and not very informative.

LiftKits uses Shopit for Social Selling

February 25, 2009

The people at Shopit like LiftKits and we like Shopit. Check out the write up they did on LiftKits – Shopit Blog. Pretty funny group over there, but without a doubt, vertically challenged.
LiftKits uses Shopit for selling our patented height increasing insoles on Social Networking and community sites like Facebook, MySpace and Shopit itself.

You can find LiftKits Products and Information here:
http://myliftkits.com/ – whole new look and feel
Facebook page
Myspace profile
Shopit Store
Twitter
YouTube Vids and Tutorials
Add us, follow us, become our friend!

Why are tall women considered superior to shorter women?

January 24, 2009

Why are tall women considered superior to shorter women?

Because if you’re tall like Uma Thurman, other women think you’re more intelligent, assertive and independent, and if you’re as short as Kylie Minogue, you’re merely considerate and nurturing

By Roger Dobson

Generations of women have complained about high-heeled shoes and the crushed toes and bunions they suffer for the sake of an extra inch or two. Now ground-breaking research has proved their sacrifice is not in vain.

Both men and women judge a tall female on first sight as more intelligent, assertive, independent and ambitious. For good measure, they are also judged richer and more successful, whatever the reality.

Psychologists at the universities of Liverpool and Central Lancashire have run the first scientific experiments to prove that “heightism” – which has always been associated with competition between men – colours our view of women’s talents too.

They found that when volunteers were shown digitally lengthened and shortened pictures of women, they made a series of instant judgments about their likely personalities, not all of them flattering. According to Dr Simon Chu, who led the research, it is “the first direct evidence that female height influences perception of their character”.

Tall women do not have things all their own way. The researchers also found that the male volunteers judged small women to be more nurturing and likely to be better mothers.

Shorter women also get support from a separate new analysis from University College London, which shows that women with an hour-glass figure – associated more commonly with small and medium-sized rather than tall females – are seen not only as more attractive, but more intelligent, flirtatious, healthy and fertile. They found that women whose waist was 70 per cent of the size of their hips were thought the most attractive, as well as the most intelligent.

In the Liverpool and Lancashire study, psychologists manipulated pictures of women standing against cars so that the same casually dressed woman appeared in different images to be tall or short. The height of the shorter women was just under 5ft 1in and the taller females 5ft 8in. A hundred men and women, aged 18 to 62, were then asked to rate the women for eight characteristics.

Men believed that shorter women were more considerate, nurturing and homely. However, women on the panel believed that there was no difference between tall and short women for these three traits.

Why men see short females as more caring and more homely is not clear. One theory is that taller women mature sexually later, because more energy is being expended on growing at a time when the reproductive system is developing. Other research has shown that shorter women have more reproductive success – which may be why men see them as more nurturing.

“The accumulating evidence converges on the view that short stature is linked with reproduction, while tall stature is linked with strength,” the report says.

At the same time, expending more energy on growing means that taller women are bigger and stronger, both of which are associated with independence and self-reliance.

Certainly, they are well represented on the public stage. Nicole Kidman, at 5ft 11in, has hardly been held back, although she was unable to wear heels while married to the significantly shorter Tom Cruise. Nor has Uma Thurman, at 6ft. Jodie Kidd, another six-footer, says her height has rarely been a handicap. “I’ve always been very content with the way I look. The only time being so tall has been a problem was when I was showjumping – my feet used to hang down and knock down all the fences.”

The aptly named Liz Large, who runs a clothing company for tall women, said: “I’m 6ft 1in, and it does mean you are noticed automatically. At work I was promoted very young – people just assumed I was grown up and a safe pair of hands.”

Dr David Weeks, a consultant clinical neuropsychologist at the Superyoung clinic in Edinburgh said: “In the past in Britain, being tall has been associated with leadership and social class. If you go back to the early 1940s when they were sorting out who was suitable to be an officer, there three factors – height, dash and moustache. The more, you had the better. Being tall can make a good first impression but it can also be far more enduring and long lasting in people’s perceptions.”

Not that being short is always a handicap. Dr Ros Taylor, a clinical psychologist who has researched image, believes that any advantage a tall person has lasts for a maximum of 30 seconds, after which the positive impression has to be backed up by substance.

“It’s not as if when you are tall that in itself gives you power. It is an initial advantage, and it certainly is an advantage, but if you don’t have it there are other compensations” – an argument that Kylie Minogue, 5ft 1in, and Charlotte Church, 5ft 2in, would support wholeheartedly.

Livin’ Large

December 30, 2008

In the Maxim Magazine article, Crack open a tallboy and let the celebration begin for the 25 biggest short dudes of all time Maxim salutes a slew of shorties. In our opinion, there isn’t much to celebrate but here are a few for good measure:

Coming in at 24. Doug Flutie
Born: 1962
Height: 5’10”
Claims to fame: Uncorked “the Pass” to beat the evil Miami Hurricanes in 1984. Pro all-star in two different leagues—if you count the CFL.
The short story: Yeah, this ageless cult-favorite Patriots QB (still active at 43, he has his own rock band and once had his own cereal brand) would tower over a lot of guys on this list. But in a job where 6’2″ is considered borderline dwarfism, he’s become almost larger than life.

21. Ron Jeremy
Born: 1953
Height: 5’6″
Claim to fame: Hardest-working man in porn, claims a résumé about 5,000 women long!
The short story: Hirsute sex widget was a special ed teacher before a girlfriend sent his picture to Playgirl. The rest is wank-flick history. With 1,000-plus films beneath his belt, the Hedgehog is the most recognizable man in porn.
The extra inch(es): Half as wide as he is tall, but once he whips out his (at least) 10-inch costar, he transforms into a blindingly handsome leading man.

20. Kurt Cobain
1967–1994
Height: 5’7″
Claims to fame: Leader of Nirvana. Married Earth’s most obnoxious woman.
The short story: Even before the Goodwill threads, “rape me” pleas, and Courtney Love browbeatings, the tortured Nirvana frontman was hardly a tower of power. Channeling his trademark howl through a slight frame, Cobain seduced a generation of music fans—but accidentally paved the way for Limp Bizkit.
The extra inch: Short, weird, skinny guys weren’t too popular with the loggers and jocks in rural Washington State, but Cobain played up his shrimp status, hanging out with gay kids to antagonize meatheads.

19. Prince
Born: 1958
Height: 5’2″
Claims to fame: Only pop artist who can sing about female “self-service,” strut around in a purple suit half his life, and still be considered the Man.
The short story: Despite looking more like president of the Little Lord Fauntleroy Society than leader of the New Power Generation, the sex-funk witch doctor has tagged a slew of superfine honeys, including Kim Basinger and Carmen Electra. Turned Sheena Easton bad with “Sugar Walls.”
The extra inch: You’d dress in lingerie, too, if it meant you could rocket upward courtesy of six-inch platform shoes. Well, you would if you were this short and had the mojo to pull it off.


18. Bruce Lee
1940–1973
Height: 5’7″
Claim to fame: Passive-aggressive ass-kicker brought martial arts to the round-eye.
The short story: Beaten by street thugs at 14, “the Little Dragon” dedicated his life to the idea that one should “learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” It was the last fight he ever lost. Destroyed everyone from Chuck Norris to hordes of attackers with bullet-fast backhands and menacing kitty noises.
The extra inch: How do you know you’re tough? When Steve McQueen and James Coburn are your pallbearers.

17. Jeff Gordon
Born: 1971
Height: 5’7″
Claim to fame: Cali golden boy showed NASCAR’s cracker power base how to win their own races.
The short story: No one makes left-hand turns for three hours better than the most-hated four-time champ in NASCAR history. Also credited with bringing the ultimate redneck sport out of Wal-Mart and into, well, Olive Garden.
The extra inch: El Gordo began racing go-carts on the teenage circuit at age nine, but proved so dominating he was forced out.

8. Jon Stewart
Born: 1962
Height: 5’7″ (counting the hair)
Claim to fame: Fake news godfather.
The short story: On Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Stewart inspired an entire generation to shuck off its cynicism, overthrow the hypocrite Beltway power thieves, and…well, he hosted the only 2004 election coverage worth watching, anyway. Endeavors to point out that today’s mainstream media has the same news value as Cops.
The extra inch: The former Jon Leibowitz absorbed early career-killing moves, then rode his “Enhancement Smoker” role of Half Baked—“You ever see the back of a $20 bill…on weed? Oh, there’s some crazy crap, man.”—to iconic status.

2. Spud Webb
Born: 1963
Height: 5’7″
Claim to fame: Won the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk contest with a cannonball-like reverse ka-pow.
The short story: The dunk victory insured the jumpy superfreak short-set immortality and paved the way for NBA Smurfs like Muggsy Bogues and Earl “I Really am 5’5″, Honest!” Boykins.
The extra inch: His junior high school coach told him to sit in the stands at tryouts, but Spudster clawed his way to the NBA via junior college and the minor leagues.

Leading the pack – 1. Angus Young of ACDC
Born: 1955
Height: 5’2″
Claim to fame: Satan’s guitarist.
The short story: After dropping out of school at 15 and working for a porn mag, the self-taught (surprise!) master of two-chord blare managed not to choke on his own vomit, thereby becoming coauthor of “Hell’s Bells” (and virtually every other song by the real greatest rock band ever), rather than its unfortunate inspiration.
The extra inch: Along with the trademark schoolboy threads, Angus has kept his adolescent strut. “I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same,” he once said. “In fact, we’ve made 13 albums that sound exactly the same.”

The real question is; where is Tom Cruise in all of this?

LiftKits Launches Height Increasing Insole Product

December 25, 2008

For those of us who were not fortunate enough to be born into a family of NBA All-Stars or had parents kind enough to pump us full of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) when they noticed we were smaller than the average kid – there is now help (hope).
LiftKits height increasing insoles gives us the opportunity to be more competitive and carry the confidence of people who have always been taller than us.

The 1 and 2 inch height increasing insoles are now available for purchase at www.myliftkits.com. The site is in a very early beta so if you experience any issues or just have questions, the company can be reached at http://myliftkits.com/contact or emailed directly at info@myliftkits.com. You can also post questions to GetSatisfaction where the company as well as other wearers of the LK insoles might assist you.

The LiftKits team likes to communicate with its customers in as many ways as possible. You can find them on:
Facebook (has the most comprehensive info and images about the product)
Twitter
YouTube (How to’s – coming soon)

Real Celebrity Heights (or not so much)

December 17, 2008

Ever wonder how tall your favorite celebrities are? We’ll be publishing more of these from time to time.

Tom Cruise 5′ 7 ”

Robin Williams 5′ 7 ”

Dustin Hoffman 5 ‘ 6 ”

Al Pacino 5′ 5 1/2 ”

Seth Green 5 ‘ 4 ”

Dudley Moore 5 ‘ 2 1/2 ”

Danny DeVito 5 ‘ 0 ”

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Drew Barrymore 5 ‘ 4 ”

Mena Suvari 5 ‘ 4 ”

Jodie Foster 5 ‘ 3 1/2 ”

Reese Witherspoon 5 ‘ 2 ”

Kristin Chenoweth 4 ‘ 11 ”

What Happened to America’s Height Advantage?

December 11, 2008

What happened to America’s height advantage?
Posted 7/15/2007 12:31 PM

By Matt Crenson, Associated Press
NEW YORK — America used to be the tallest country in the world.

From the days of the founding fathers right on through the industrial revolution and two world wars, Americans literally towered over other nations. In a land of boundless open spaces and limitless natural abundance, the young nation transformed its increasing wealth into human growth.

But just as it has in so many other arenas, America’s predominance in height has faded. Americans reached a height plateau after World War II, gradually falling behind the rest of the world as it continued growing taller.

By the time the baby boomers reached adulthood in the 1960s, most northern and western European countries had caught up with and surpassed the United States. Young adults in Japan and other prosperous Asian countries now stand nearly as tall as Americans do.

Even residents of the formerly communist East Germany are taller than Americans today. In Holland, the tallest country in the world, the typical man now measures 6 feet, a good two inches more than his average American counterpart.

Compare that to 1850, when the situation was reversed. Not just the Dutch but all the nations of western Europe stood 2½ inches shorter than their American brethren.

Does it really matter? Does being taller give the Dutch any advantage over say, the Chinese (men 5 feet, 4.9 inches; women 5 feet, 0.8 inches) or the Brazilians (men 5 feet, 6.5 inches; women 5 feet, 3 inches)?

Many economists would argue that it does matter, because height is correlated with numerous measures of a population’s well-being. Tall people are healthier, wealthier and live longer than short people. Some researchers have even suggested that tall people are more intelligent.

It’s not that being tall actually makes you smarter, richer or healthier. It’s that the same things that make you tall — a nutritious diet, good prenatal care and a healthy childhood — also benefit you in those other ways.

That makes height a good indicator for economists who are interested in measuring how well a nation provides for its citizens during their prime growing years. With one simple, easily collected statistic, economists can essentially measure how well a society prepares its children for life.

“This is the part of the society that usually eludes economists, because economists are usually thinking about income. And this is the part of the society that doesn’t earn an income,” said John Komlos, an economic historian at the University of Munich who was born in Hungary, grew up in Chicago, and has spent the last quarter century compiling data on the heights of nations.

Height tells you about a segment of the population that is invisible to traditional economic statistics. Children don’t have jobs or own houses. They don’t buy durable goods, or invest in the stock market. But obviously, investments in their well-being are critical to a nation’s economic future.

For several years now, Komlos and other researchers have been trying to figure out exactly why the United States fell behind. How could the wealthiest country in the world, during the most robust economic expansion in its history, simply stop growing?

“It’s absolutely fascinating,” said Eileen Crimmins, a demographer at the University of Southern California. “Maybe we’ve reached the point where we’re going to go backwards in height.”

Like many human traits, an individual’s height is determined by a mix of genes and environment. Some experts put the contribution of genes at 40%, some at 70%, some even higher. But they all agree that aside from African pygmies and a few similar exceptions, most populations have about the same genetic potential for height.

That leaves environment to determine the differences in height between populations around the world, specifically the environment children experience from the moment of conception through adolescence. Any deficiency along the way, from poor prenatal care to early childhood disease or malnutrition, can prevent a person from reaching his or her full genetic height potential.

“We know environment can affect heights by three, four, five inches,” said Richard H. Steckel, an Ohio State University economist who has also done research on height trends in the United States during the 19th century.

The earliest stages of life are the most important to the human growth machine; at age 2 there is already about a 70% correlation between a child’s height and his or her eventual adult stature.

All of this means a population’s average height is a very sensitive indicator of its most vulnerable members’ welfare.

Not surprisingly, rich countries tend to be taller simply because they have more resources to spend on feeding and caring for their children. But wealth doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a society will give its children what they need to thrive.

In the Czech Republic, per capita income is barely half of what it is in the United States. Even so, Czechs are taller than Americans. So are Belgians, who collect 84% as much income as Americans.

And those height differences translate into real benefits. A number of studies have shown that disease and malnutrition early in life — the same things that limit a person’s height — increase a person’s chances of developing heart disease and other life-shortening conditions later on. Though tall people are more likely to get cancer, they suffer less mortality overall than short people.

International statistics bear it out. Life expectancy in the Netherlands is 79.11 years; in Sweden it’s 80.63. America’s life expectancy of 78.00 years puts it in somewhat shorter company, just above Cyprus and a few notches below Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“Obviously America is not doing badly. It’s not at the level of developing nations,” Komlos said. “But it’s also not doing as well as it could.”

His latest research paper, published in the June issue of Social Science Quarterly, suggests the blame may lie with America’s poor diet and its expensive, inequitable health care system.

“American children might consume more meals prepared outside of the home, more fast food rich in fat, high in energy density and low in essential micronutrients,” wrote Komlos and co-author Benjamin E. Lauderdale of Princeton University. “Furthermore, the European welfare states provide a more comprehensive social safety net including universal health care coverage.”

In the United States, by comparison, an estimated 9 million children have no health insurance.

Komlos’ most recent data indicate a small uptick in the heights of white Americans born between 1975 and 1983, a suggestion that the gap may finally be closing. But there has been no similar increase among blacks, a suggestion that inequality may indeed play a significant role in the height gap.

In another recent paper, Komlos and Lauderdale also found height inequality between American urbanites and residents of suburbs and rural areas. In Kansas, for example, white males are about as tall as their European peers; it’s big cities like New York, where men are about 1.75 inches shorter than that, that drag America’s average down.

Now Komlos has started comparing the heights of children to determine at what age Americans begin falling behind their peers across the Atlantic. Not surprisingly, he sees a difference from birth, an observation that suggests prenatal care may be significant contributor factor to the height gap.

But it is unlikely that Komlos will ever find one simple factor to explain why Americans have fallen behind other rich countries in height. In all likelihood it is caused by a combination of things — a little bit health care, some diet, a sprinkling of economic inequality.

“In some ways it gets to the fundamentals of the American society, namely what is the ideology of the American society and what are the shortcomings of that ideology,” Komlos said. “I would argue that to take good care of its children is not part of that ideology.”

Whether that’s true is debatable; the height gap doesn’t measure how much Americans love their children. But at a minimum it does indicate — in raw feet and inches — whether the nation is giving its youngsters what they need to reach their full biological potential, or selling them short.
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Bald Truth About CEO’s

December 10, 2008

Follicly challenged CEO Steve Ballmer of Microsoft. The vast majority of executives in our unscientific survey said they would rather be bald than short.
By Kai-Uwe Knoth, AP
Follicly challenged CEO Steve Ballmer of Microsoft. The vast majority of executives in our unscientific survey said they would rather be bald than short.

By Del Jones, USA TODAY
CEOs seem to instinctively know that it’s better to be authoritative than indecisive. They know about the vision thing and the passion thing. They even know a few leadership lessons that aren’t taught in business school — such as, it helps to be tall.

But an unscientific survey of USA TODAY’s panel of CEOs and other evidence suggest that baldness might be a blind spot for many.

TELL US: If you had to change your hair or your height to make it to the top of the corporate ladder, which would you choose?

CEOs say being bald doesn’t impede success and, given a choice, it’s better to be bald than short. So widely held is this conventional wisdom among top executives that when asked to choose, most CEOs say they’d take 2 more inches of height over a full head of Robert Redford hair.

Even most bald CEOs, including many who are both tall and bald, would choose to be taller. “Lack of hair can only mean the brain is busy with more important functions,” says Murray Martin, the 5-foot-8 CEO of $5.7 billion Pitney Bowes, who is being generous when he describes his hair as “thinning.”
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“I don’t believe it ever (affected) my career. But as I progressed, it became less and less of an issue until it is now a point of pride and a personal branding advantage,” says Steve Carley, the 6-foot-1 bald CEO of El Pollo Loco. “It encourages approachability.”

As smart as they are, CEOs have been known as a group to get it wrong. It now appears that was the case just months ago when they almost universally said they didn’t see a recession looming. Could they also be collectively clueless about hair vs. height?

It’s not that being short is a career launching pad. Plenty of studies have found that taller men make more money, gain more success and attract more women. In his book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell says 30% of Fortune 500 CEOs are 6-foot-2 and taller — vs. just 4% of all men.

Bald men are a much bigger slice of the general population. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery estimates that 50% of Caucasian men older than 45 and 60% older than 60 have clinical balding. Stress can cause hair to fall out, so all things being equal, the percentage of bald leaders might be expected to be a little higher than average. Yet:

•If elected, John McCain would be the first bald U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower. To be fair, baldness, unlike height, can be a matter of opinion. At 71, some might say McCain is doing OK in the hair department for his age group. But pictures of 42 presidents indicate that less than 25% were bald or balding, when statistically it should be at least half.

•There are 41 male state governors. Those who are bald or balding make up less than 20% and, yes, that includes the aptly named John Baldacci of Maine. The hair-loss club dropped a governor Wednesday when New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced he would resign after being linked as a client to a prostitution ring. He will be replaced by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who is not bald. Only 10% to 20% of the 84 male U.S. senators are bald or balding.

•Among corporate CEOs, women run four of the largest 125 companies on the Fortune 500. USA TODAY examined photos of the men and considered about 25% to be bald or balding. Bald men running the nation’s largest companies include Chevron’s David O’Reilly, Home Depot’s Francis Blake, Morgan Stanley’s John Mack and Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein.

•It may be more difficult to be bald and extremely rich. Warren Buffett, the richest man in the world, according to Forbes magazine, has lost hair in the past year but at 77 still retains a respectable amount. The richest American on the Forbes 400 list who is truly bald is No. 15 Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. The response of “no comment” was as much a male pattern among CEOs as was their hairline, and Microsoft was among the large corporations with bald or balding CEOs that did not respond to USA TODAY’s requests.

The 11 male U.S. billionaires ahead of Ballmer on the Forbes list have their own hair, or at least appear to. Hair transplants and toupees are still relatively uncommon. Sales of male wigs peaked in the 1970s, and New Hair Institute founder Dr. William Rassman says CEOs are probably no more likely to have rugs or plugs than all men of their age group.

Only 1% of 1,138 professionals making $100,000 or more who responded to an unscientific survey by TheLadders job website said they were bald and trying to cover it up; and just one hair transplant is performed on men for every five breast augmentations performed on women, according to the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

But the success rate of transplants has improved, and they cost less than $7,000 on average, $20,000 on the high end, no more than a one-way ride aboard a corporate jet. Rassman says he has performed hair-transplant surgery on more than 30 billionaires. He declined to identify them.

A 6-foot-6 man creates a commanding presence when he enters a meeting — a feat more difficult to achieve for someone inches shorter, says George Jones, the “follicly challenged” 5-foot-9 CEO of bookstore chain Borders Group. He oversees 34,000 employees and $4 billion in annual revenue.

USA TODAY surveyed its panel of CEOs, retired CEOs and leading executives. There was a lower response rate than for surveys on other topics, but 95% of the 74 who responded said, if given a choice, they would rather be bald than short. More telling is that the 31 CEOs who identified themselves as bald or “headed in that direction” in the unscientific survey were unanimous in saying that being vertically challenged is more detrimental to an aspiring executive’s career.

USA TODAY asked TheLadders to follow up with a survey. The job-search site for high-income professionals got 1,138 responses. Half said they still had as much hair as they did when teens, while 15% said they were bald, and 35% said they were headed in that direction. Among all respondents to the unscientific survey, 67% said 2 inches more in height would be better for career success, vs. 33% who said a full head of hair.

Those results mirrored another unscientific survey taken at USA TODAY’s request by Vistage International, an organization of CEOs. Vistage asked its membership: “If appearances count, what aspect is most helpful in advancing a person’s career?” Of the 219 responding, 66% said taller is better; 34% chose hair.

“I think they are in denial,” Rassman says. He says bald men of power have confessed to him that even they discriminate against other bald men.

Baby-face bias

Academia has largely ignored the impact of balding on success, but Yale University psychology professor Leslie Zebrowitz has written extensively about how people with round faces and other traits that resemble babies are perceived to be more immature in the workplace and in the courtroom by juries and judges.

Zebrowitz says she knows of no research that has tried to determine whether bald men are more likely to have baby faces than men with hair. But if bald men do look more babyish, “Then that could account for their under-representation among CEOs,” she says.

Nicholas Rule, who wrote the paper “The Face of Success,” published in February’s issue of Psychological Science, says bald men may be more likely to be victims of the “baby-face bias” described by Zebrowitz. In his study, Rule had Tufts University students look at photos of CEOs and offer their gut reactions about their leadership capabilities. At USA TODAY’s request, Rule examined the data and found that the photos of bald CEOs were considered by the students to be warmer but less powerful than CEOs with hair.

“A great smile is much better” than hair or height, says Howard Behar, the 5-foot-10 and bald former president of Starbucks North America. “I mean, look at Mitt Romney. Lots of hair. Tall and good-looking. Sure didn’t help him. Compare him to the Dalai Lama: short, no hair and not exactly a looker. Just call me the Dalai Behar.”

Some say that worse than bald is trying to cover it up with a “comb-over” that uses remaining hair to cover the exposed scalp. “Like most CEOs, I’m cognizant of my appearance,” says Bob Kodner, CEO of The Crack Team franchiser that fixes leaking basement cracks. Five years ago, Kodner saw his cranium in an elevator mirror and thought someone had “thrown a piece of baloney on my head.” Ever since, he’s been shaving his head once a week. His advice: Don’t “prolong the inevitable.”

Craigslist founder and Chairman Craig Newmark is bald and “almost” 5-foot-7. Company CEO Jim Buckmaster is a foot taller and rich in hair.

“The general Net community does regard me as eye candy, a la George Costanza” from Seinfeld, Newmark says, but he adds that neither bald nor short is a good thing in corporate life. When pressed to make a choice, Newmark says, “I’d prefer to be a few inches taller.”

Natural Height? Stretch it out!

December 9, 2008

This video shows you simple exercises that will help you naturally increase your height by standing up straighter! Another safe and effective way to grow taller.