Height Loss

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Whilst celebrities have access to everything money can buy, unfortunately, like us mere mortals, they can succumb to the rigours of aging, including height loss.

Studies have been done in the past on typical loss of height but results I've seen vary. A recent study revealed the following: "To determine the magnitude of height loss that accompanies aging, longitudinal studies are required. The authors studied 2,084 men and women aged 17-94 years enrolled from 1958 to 1993 in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, Baltimore, Maryland. On average, men's height was measured nine times during 15 years and women's height five times during 9 years. The rate of decrease in height was greater for women than for men. For both sexes, height loss began at about age 30 years and accelerated with increasing age. Cumulative height loss from age 30 to 70 years averaged about 3 cm (1.18 inches) for men and 5 cm (1.97 inch) for women; by age 80 years, it increased to 5 cm for men (1.97 inch) and 8 cm (3.15 inches) for women"

Another study which covered a 20-year period of nearly 8000 men showed men lost on average 0.66 inches (1.67cm), with samples in the initial age range being 40-59 and final height 20 years later taken when they are 60-79.

Sometimes the results of shrinking can be drastic, other times celebrities barely shrink at all. The reasons for loss of height can range from bad posture (hunching), osteoperosis resulting in fractures, surgeries like knee and hip replacements, curvature of the spine. Some noticeable cases of stars shrinking are Ann Miller (5ft 7 to 5ft 3), Clint Eastwood (6ft 4 to 6ft 1), Hulk Hogan (6ft 6 to 6ft 4), James Garner (6ft 2.5 to under 6ft), Charlton Heston (6ft 3 to under 6ft). I will usually give a peak/current height for celebrities who are still in the public eye. If they've retired from acting and are out of the spotlight, I will just leave at their peak height.
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DMEYER says on 1/Jul/14
rob 1cm loss by 50 2cm by 60 3cm by 70 is pretty average 5cm by 80
[Editor Rob: I would be happy with this: 0.5cm by 50, 1cm by 60, 2cm by 70 :) If that happened I'd still be 171cm at 70 which would be ok. If I live that long and still doing this site it would be interesting, but I hope to still do it by age 50 so I can still be 5ft 8 for many meetings with celebrities.]
J.Lee says on 6/Jun/14
Rob, what I found helps posture and height maintenance is not just back exercises, but abdominal exercises. I find that any core exercise will play a role in maintaining your posture.
Seahawksfan 187-188 CM says on 7/May/14
How often could bending down decrease height? I try to follow it up by standing up tall right after, but I notice that it's hard on my back right after slouching and that my measurements decrease in the short term. Whenever I go a certain amount of days without slouching an insane amount, I notice my height slowly going up until I slouch again.
[Editor Rob: never really experienced that...only time is sometimes with a pulled back muscle my posture has been effected and maybe I felt smaller than before, probably because I wasn't holding myself properly to compensate for the pain.]
Maio says on 3/Apr/14
rob, a person who lives near me is 80 years old. He has a scolyosis problem and has a very bad posture. With his normal posture he looks close between 5ft7 and 5ft8 but if he stays straight he could be around 5ft9...perhaps 176 cm. I claimed that in during his youth he was 182 cm. I doubt it a bit because i saw pics where he was with a couple of people who i met and i think he was around 5ft11. Possible someone with scolyosis lose 6/7 cm or it's more probable he claimed a morning height? Considering i don't think he ever measured himself...
[Editor Rob: 5ft 11 certainly could be possible, how much the scoliosis effected his height over the years is harder to pinpoint]
aceofbase says on 30/Mar/14
any guides that show how to avoid height loss?
[Editor Rob: I don't know about guides but my own thoughts are... don't do heavy lifting. try to do 5 minutes every other day even of basic stretching, practicing also to hold a better posture if you find yourself slouching. As you age, lack of strong muscles can then contribute to poorer stance/posture and bad habits, which can lead to disc problems. keep ensuring you are getting a good diet with enough minerals like calcium/magnesium etc.]
Bud says on 6/Mar/14
Rob,do you know what made Arnold Schwartzenneger,Clint Eastwood,Lou Ferringo and David Prowse to loose so much height?For there age they lost a lot,Prowse even lost height in his early 40s,how is that possible?
[Editor Rob: sometimes excess amount of lifting over time can lead to disc damage, maybe in those guys cases they were more prone to it?]
cd says on 3/Feb/14
Rob what is typical height loss for men by mid-50s?
[Editor Rob: typical is a fraction, a small 1/4-1/2in. Less than a 1/4 you done well, more than half inch not so well.]
Vibram says on 13/Dec/13
I have actually gained height since 23 (the last year I lived with my parents). At 23 (year 2001) I measured myself at 12 noon for months and it read 175.7cm. The marks are still on my old bedroom wall in my parents house, lol. Now I measure 177cm at noon and I'm 35. I think I have been 177cm since I was 26 years old. I didn't mismeasure as I re-measured myself at my mums again recently and I was over 1cm taller than the pencil mark at 23.
cd says on 10/Dec/13
Rob in the morning I measured at about 5'4.5, then in the evening after a day of physical work I was down to 161.5 cm (5'3.6), so in total I lose nearly an inch. Is this a lot to lose for someone so short? I think I remember reading you say that young people tend to lose more or something like that (although I may have understood wrong). I'm 17 but am structured more like a 14 year old because I'm late going through puberty. I'm curious, will I shrink less between morning and evening when I'm older (and fully grown)?
[Editor Rob: it's a fair amount, and more typical if you had a longer spine. Your normal loss looks like about 0.75 and the total on a bad day nearly an inch]
hanu says on 22/Nov/13
my age is 16 and my height is 6''3' how to decrease it
kendalljennergreatestfan says on 20/Nov/13
I`m a 5ft 7.75in guy when I wake up and just before bed time I`m 5ft7in.It is normal to shrink o.75 in or it is to much shrinking?Considering 5ft7.375in is my true height.It`s tall short or average for being from the capital of Mexico(D.F.)?
[Editor Rob: it's pretty typical to shrink about that amount. In Mexico you'd be in the average range for sure.]
cd says on 9/Nov/13
Rob, I remember posting here ages ago about how I measured my dad at 171.5, which surprised me because a couple years ago he was measured under a stat at 173. However, recently I measured him again and it turns out he's 5'8 after all because this time he was nearly 173! The first measurement was very late at night but the second measurement wasn't even in the morning - it was about 5pm ish. I'd like to know, what could have caused such a big difference? One thing to note would be that the first time I used a shorter can of aerosol and possibly did not get the topmost point of his head but the second time I used a longer can. 1.5cm does seem extreme, but do you think this and maybe him not standing to his tallest (he doesn't really like being measured) could have caused this much error?
[Editor Rob: it could be he just didn't stand as tall the first time, maybe had sore back]
77Stan says on 5/Nov/13
@George, I conclude it's because you're more skinny. You lost a lot of fat beneath your skin, which also makes up your height. In other words, your skin and subcutaneous tissue became thinner. So you lost height.

@Sarah, it's weird to say that tall guys are better mannered, have better personalities. But tall guys are probably more confident.
Priya says on 3/Nov/13
Please tell how to reduce 3 to 4 inch from my height
George says on 30/Oct/13
Selly says on 17/Oct/13
To Sarah who says tall guys are more attractive, well mannered, and at ease, my boyfriend is 5'7" (I am 4'10")and he is the nicest, most caring guy I have ever met, and he is also more attractive and even more fit than most all tall guys I see. There is no way to say that tall men or short men are more attractive and such, it completely depends on the person.

huh.....if you are only 4'10" i guess almost every guy on this earth is taller than you. even a 5'2" would be tall for you i guess
George says on 20/Oct/13
I'm 22 years old and i have lost 2 inches in height since 16,5. When i was 16,5 i was measuered as 177 cm (that's 5'9.5"-5'10") and now 2 months ago i was only 172 cm (5'7.5"-5'8"). According to another measurement from last year i was 173 cm. I don't think it's a wrong measurement,because 2 inches are too much. btw, i was obese back then when i was 177 cm (i was circa 250 lbs) at 16,5. And it was at this time when i started a diet,and after a year i dropped to 180 lbs. Now i am 145 lbs. I don't knoww if diet affects your height...do you know sth about this?
Selly says on 17/Oct/13
To Sarah who says tall guys are more attractive, well mannered, and at ease, my boyfriend is 5'7" (I am 4'10")and he is the nicest, most caring guy I have ever met, and he is also more attractive and even more fit than most all tall guys I see. There is no way to say that tall men or short men are more attractive and such, it completely depends on the person.
Drew says on 27/Sep/13
Rob, recently I've been feeling slight pains on my upper and lower back and noticed my night height(unsure about morning height) has dropped about 0.5CM, is this normal?
Also, I'm 185ish night height and I'm very interested in this chick who's 173CM(unsure if it's night height but still, at some point she measures at 173) and she likes to wear big heels, do you think she will ever be taller than me? Generally I walk in Chuck Taylors.
Peace
[Editor Rob: she might be able to look nearly into your eyes with big platform heels, but how often would she walk around in them? Not very much I'd bet!

maybe some aches/pains means you don't stretch out as much for a measurement? I'm sure some people have been tired or feeling a bit ill and done a measurement and just didn't manage to stand as tall as they could...5mm isn't a great deal really, easy enough]
charlie says on 25/Sep/13
Hi Rob my father always tell me that he was 180 cm at 13.When We measure him this year he was 178,5 cm in mid day. He is 47 year old. Could he shrunk ? or it was rounded back then + some curiosity doctor predicted him at 13 that he will be 2m tall but he ended up same range as my grandfather and opposite its me I was 164 cm at 13 . Today at 17 Im 174cm and continuing slow growing so genes are crazy in some ways :D
[Editor Rob: not impossible to lose a cm near to 50, maybe he got his 180cm height rounded up when young or had better posture?]
Bruining says on 18/Sep/13
My peak height is 5'10.2", which is right when I get out of bed. At my lowest, I am 5'9.35", and this is usually after a long day of standing up or exercising.

The thing I noticed is that I shrink rather quickly; after just 20 minutes of standing around after I get out of bed, I'm already down to 5'9.8", so i'm not in the 5'10" range for very long. By the late afternoon, i'm 5'9.5". I'm wondering if it's normal to shrink this quickly. I also weigh quite a bit for my height (215 lbs), so I'm wondering if my weight has anything to do with the rate at which I shrink.
Wendy says on 28/Aug/13
I was 5"7' when I was 17 and now at 31 I am only 5"6'. Is there a medical reason why I lost an in I only 14 years?
[Editor Rob: maybe mismeasurement, or early in the day measurement then measured later in the day at 31...or poorer posture nowadays?

you could always have shrunk a bit with disc damage]
SL says on 19/Aug/13
Rob, I don't think that the process of aging by itself shortens a person. It is something that a person is doing over a long period of time. Apart of severe skeletal injuries and diseases, maybe years of excessive physical work or overweight can cause a slight decrease of several milimeters of height. It should be noted that old people much easier and faster are dropping to their minimal diurnal height. There's also the false impression of being shorter that elderly people create, becasuse of their bad postures and humping. When standing straight, none of my old relatives seem to have lost any height.
Nobreath says on 4/Aug/13
Vera - Leg amputation will do the trick.
thetruth says on 18/Jul/13
Rob why standing on one leg makes you a bit taller when measuring your shelf?
[Editor Rob: yes it adjusts your hip a little so makes you a fraction taller]
Rohit says on 8/Jul/13
My height 6.1 but I am not happy I am only like 5.10 plz help me.
Vera says on 11/Jun/13
I'm 12 and I'm 5'3" . I think that's not the normal height of a 12 year old. Is there a way to lose height?
6ft 1 guy says on 9/Jun/13
rob, is measuring with a stadiometer and a tape measure different in accuracy? this guy I know claims he's 6ft 2 and he's actually shorter than me an I'm 6ft 1 from being measured with a tape measure a bunch of times
[Editor Rob: there can be a small error in any measurement, but something like an inch would mean something seriously wrong with a stadiometer - if it was mounted to the wall, then there's always a chance the person attached it wrongly, but if it was free standing then it should be accurate enough compared to a tape measure and wall measurement.]
Sharpshooter says on 24/May/13
Rob - Given the article states that shrinking starts as early as 30. Have you noticed any shrinking yourself? Are you still the very same height you were in you're early/mid 20's?
[Editor Rob: I haven't lost anything at nearly 37. I'm now really measuring a couple times a year or whenever I have another pair of sneaker/shoes to check out so I will track it as I age. I'm hoping I follow my Dad who really didn't lose height till 60's, he was still near 5ft 10 by age 60.
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cd says on 11/May/13
Rob, my dad is 53 years old, I recently measured him at midnight at 171.5 cm. He hated the idea of being measured (I literally had to make him take his shoes off!), and during the day he always has his shoes on around the house so I don't get the chance to measure him. What would you guess his 'true' height to be, considering he was measured so late at night and he is in his fifties so he's most likely lost about half an inch already.
[Editor Rob: I'm sure he's close to 5ft 8, maybe in his 30's he rarely dipped below the 5ft 8 mark.

I've measured my Dad no more than handful of times in 20 years, he lost a good inch of height from age 60 when he was still near his peak of 5ft 10 to age 72 were he was down to barely 5ft 9 and didn't like to know he had shrunk. Now 76 he's still about 175cm, although can walk about like a 173 guy at times.]
J.Lee says on 20/Apr/13
Rob, I am taller in the mornings on the days when I do lower back stabilizer exercises the night before, than compared to the days I don't do them. They help my posture. Can that help reduce shrinkage with older age?
[Editor Rob: I don't know, but keeping doing some basic stretching/exercise as you get older will help your muscles and posture as you age.]
Sarah says on 15/Apr/13
To all the tall girls who want to lose height, I'm 32, 5'10" and I say use your height and grab a tall man! Not only are they physically more attractive, on the whole they are better mannered, have better personalities and are just more relaxed and at ease with themselves.
Allie says on 6/Apr/13
Hi! Im 19 years old and really tall for a girl. It's something i've been depressed about almost my entire life. Is there any type of height shortening you can do? Like exercise or hormone treatment? Is it possible to loose at least 1 inch of your height at a young age? Would be very thankful for your answer.
[Editor Rob: there's nothing wrong with being tall or short, we are all given a height and if someone has an issue with it, it's their problem, not ours.
The only real way, short of adopting a poor posture (which long term won't help your back), is extreme surgery, which isn't something I'd recommend.

maybe read a few blogs on tall women as they might have some advice from their perspectives.]
ChrisGo says on 14/Mar/13
Yes. Teen girls are shrinking and a reason must be found. My daughter age 14 was a height of 5'7". Now age 15 and height of 5'6 1/4". This truly happened, I wittnessed it myself!
truth178cm says on 9/Mar/13
Gabriel says on 20/Jun/11
I'm 15 and I am 5'11. However, the strange thing is that I shrunk from 6 ft at 14.
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you dont shrink at 15, thats funny. You were just pretty badly measured. at around 60 you would start to shrink and maybe around 80 years lose an inch.
nathi says on 18/Feb/13
me i dont believe that at the age of 30 years a human shrink
How can you notice?
Elijah says on 11/Feb/13
Rob, did you edit your reply to dmeyer? I'm pretty sure it used to say "I would be delighted to only lose 1cm", not 2cm. 1cm would be great sure but 2cm doesn't seem all that great to me.
[Editor Rob: I probably meant to type 1cm, that would be a great loss by 72-73, over 3cm would be a bad loss, 2cm would be ok, pretty typical]
little sue says on 3/Feb/13
My Nan and her 2 sisters were all around 5ft 2 and all lived to 93. By the time they had died they had all lost about 6 inches.
Nick says on 14/Jan/13
Hey Rob, as a short man i am terrified by the idea to shrink, what can i do to avoid possible height shrinkage? Thnx for answering
[Editor Rob: keep eating well, making sure you have enough vitamins/minerals in your diet. Try to at least do some gentle stretching/exercise to help your muscles as you age.]
dmeyer says on 5/Jan/12
so average height loss by 60 is 1.7cm some drop 1cm others 3 cm

[Editor Rob: you are doing well with just a cm, you are unlucky if you lose 3cm by that age.

I would be delighted to only lose 2cm by early 70's!]
Sue says on 4/Jan/12
Iam 65 and have already lost 2-1/2" from 5' 9-1/2" to 5' 7" with no diagnosis of osteoporosis. I wonder how short I will be by age 85! It seems to me that tall people more lose height than short people for some reason.
Sabrina says on 4/Oct/11
I dont know how tall i am but i know im taller than my boyfriend. I hate being taller than the guys i date and i try everything to be shorter. It makes me feel like a giant, so im looking for something to help me shrink just a little bit...
Gabriel says on 20/Jun/11
I'm 15 and I am 5'11. However, the strange thing is that I shrunk from 6 ft at 14.
XistenZ says on 18/Jun/11
I'm 6'3", hope I grow some more, and hopefully I won't lose any height with age.
sudesh says on 25/May/11
my height 6'4" inches and weight 50 kg so i want loss my height i keep height like 5'9" and grow own weight
Candyman says on 23/Mar/11
Hulk Hogan has appeared to be no more than 6'3.25" lately as he is slightly shorter than Dan Marino, Dwyane Wade and Snoop Dogg in many photos.
Steve Waclo says on 20/Feb/11
Had to find some 411 for a passport anc came across military records from the Navy in 1961, when I stood at a tall, skinny 6', 1". Last physical (age 67)came in at 5' 8" (!). Confirmed from wedding photos of me towering over the spouse. Dad died at 82 in '05 and his Army records from 1943 showed 6"1". I was looking down at him in his later years.
k mart says on 26/Dec/10
I am a solid 6' 3" (1.92 m) and am 21 years of age... if i keep fit i probably wont lose much height if any with age.. my parents are well over 50 years old and have not lost any height.. im confident i will continue to stand tall with age
Alex says on 20/Dec/10
Actually, I found something rather odd. I'm 13 here, so it's not like I'm some 50 year old flipping about my height. But..... my height corresponds with my weight. After I'm sick and I lose say, 10 pounds, I don't get skinnier. What do I do? I shrink. When I gain weight, do I get fat? No, I get taller. I can be anywhere from 5' to 5'5... Right now I'm about 5'4. Only two weeks ago, I was 5'2. and in the summer at one point I was 5' on the nose. Any thoughts?
EdgarHernandez says on 25/Nov/10
Quick question, i dont know quite honest what my dad height in his prime was, because one medical card of him in the 70s (when he was 17) at 5ft 9, but he towers over my mom who was 5ft 2 in the 80s, pretty much like a full head, today i taller than him by 2 inches(only because i had longer legs, when sit, we are the same size) i am 5ft 11, i suspect that he was 5ft 10 or maybe 5ft 10.5, but he lost quickly height because he always had, horrible posture
Em. says on 1/Jul/10
So here's my dilemma. I was measured by a doctor in April - 5' 8'' and a half. Sounded good. Went home, measured, got the same result. Then, about three weeks ago, measured again. 5'6''. FREAKED OUT. Went to a doctor, they said it was probably just a fluke. Measured today. 5' 4'' and a half. My mom is taller than me again. WHAT IS GOING ON?!
aarod says on 26/Jun/10
my father was slightly over 6'4" in his prime, today, at 62, he is a shade over 6'3"
Charlotte says on 25/May/10
I am currently 15 and 5'4 and I hate it. I wish I was 5'2 so I could blend in height wise, thats about the tallest it gets where I live but I have considerably tall parents. My doctor says my current height is a current height is as tall as I will get, but I still wish I were shorter. Is there a healthy way to 'shrink'?
Carrie--amazing shrinking woman! says on 4/Feb/10
I am 23 years old- had a slight curvature of my spine, I was 5 ft 7 in in 2008 after giving birth to my daughter i have rapidly lost height, I am now measuring at 5 ft 4 in 2010, i have proof at two of my doctors offices. I was checked for osteoporosis and the results came back negative. And I recently had x-rays of my spine again to see if it was getting worse but to by doctors surprise my back has actually straightened out. I am getting a little worried..If anyone has any idea of what could be going on I would love to know.
Danimal says on 30/Dec/09
It's funny how teenagers are scared to lose height. Don't worry kids, it won't be noticeable until you are around 50.
k mart says on 16/Oct/09
i am now officially 6ft 3 1/2in tall and am almost 20 years old.. i stay in good shape and am an average build not to heavy not to light. it is true that sometimes people shrink alot while other times people barely shrink at all. no one in my family has experienced any loss in height. good news for me cause i want to stand tall even when i'm older!
court says on 13/Oct/09
i am 18 years old, when i was 16 i was measured at 5'5", but when i was measured a few weeks ago i was deemed to be 5'3". the only reason i can think of is degenerative lumbar disease. its a disease in which my last lumbar disk is degenerating and flattening out.
Linke says on 9/Oct/09
another example of celebrity with height loss is wrestling superstar Superstar Billy graham.Billy was definitely 6'4 in the peak and today he's about 5'10-11.I heard that he mentioned height loss in certain interview.Also julia child lost quite a bit.
yoyo says on 21/Aug/09
not possible for everyone to shrink alot due to aging.. my grandfather at age 77, which he was 5ft6 at youth. which now i measure him at 5ft5.75(167cm)in morning. i believe he had only lost a cm.
k mart says on 3/Mar/09
i'm 6'3'' and am 19.5 years old.... i am not overweight and am in good health.... i have no plans in shrinking with age. my grandfather is 87 years old and has not shrunk at all.
aram x says on 2/Feb/09
Who in the world would want to shrink in height? It's a sign of bad health and aging, so I would not want to have any noticeable height shrinkage as I age (no more than an inch).
George says on 27/Oct/08
My Mum is 52 years old and she has lost 1.25 inches and My Dad is 62 and has lost exactly 2 inches.
sean says on 17/Sep/08
im 6ft2 nd im 18 i hate it i used to love being 5ft6 anyway i can shrink ma height i did shirnk a little bit i was 6ft4 nd i measure nd i shrank 2 inches in a year so hopefulyl i shirnk more
Christiano says on 11/Jul/08
What exacly causes height loss?
james says on 5/May/08
well at the moment im 6ft21/2half and growing is there any way i can shrink in this world because i believe i was never met to be this height but because of basketball i had a big growth spirth out of nowhere so if theres ant any way that can happen please email me because im very dicouraged about myself evertime i wake up everyday please email me at jms_capers@yahoo.com 0r juelz101baby@tmail.com thank you!
sandra says on 6/Apr/08
well at the moment im 14years old and female and currently 6ft3 and growing and is there any way i can shrink because its not very convenient to be that tall at my age if there is can anybody email me on laydeejamz@hotmail.co.uk
ferrnn says on 16/Feb/08
kk ya my dad was 6,2 when he married my mom, actually when i was about 6 he was still about 6,2. Now he's just under 6,1. but he is almost 51. He is also a dentist which gives him a huge hunch as well as his bad posture. Actually if he didnt have the posture hed be an easy 6,1.5. But w.e hes shrunk abit due to age and his job.
Damian says on 17/Jul/07
It's really scary to read about this height loss in celebrities. Of course I'm no celebrity but I'm only 25 and already I've shrunk in height by just over 6cm (2.25ins) due to osteoporosis after taking steroids since I was 17...down from 170cm (5'7") to 164cm (5'4.5") and I have to take tablets and injections. Let this be a warning about taking steroids. The thought of being a realy little old man ain't nice.
Halb says on 25/Apr/07
I thought Hogan was meant to be less than 6'4 tho? I am not sure he was ever 6'6 either.

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