General chatter - How has losing weight affected your height?




Veronica133
01-10-2014, 09:28 PM
Do you feel taller or shorter now that you've lost weight?


JollyGreenSteen19
01-10-2014, 10:39 PM
now that I'm less weighed down by my love handles I feel like I'm at least 4 inches taller.

just kidding I have no idea what you're talking about :) I supposed maybe people may slouch less?

JulesMarion
01-10-2014, 11:58 PM
I've heard of losing an inch or two, simply because you gain weight on your head and feet, and when you lose you also lose weight in those places, hence losing some height.


Veronica133
01-11-2014, 02:35 AM
Interesting

Fat Knickers
01-11-2014, 03:11 AM
I've lost a shoe size but never gained an inch in height sadly. Short for life it seems!

Pattience
01-11-2014, 05:02 AM
ha ha this is the funniest question i've ever read.

VioletDolphin83
01-11-2014, 06:02 AM
I've heard of people gaining an inch when losing but my height never seems to change no matter what weight I am.

helwa588
01-11-2014, 07:08 AM
I'd imagine you appear shorter when losing weight. I'm only 5,4 but people assume I'm taller.

zoesmom
01-11-2014, 08:03 AM
I don't remember where I found it, but there was a study on this a few years back. Ultimately, if you lose a large amount of weight, say 50 pounds or more, you tend to "grow" by half an inch to a full inch. After all their sciencing, the real answer was the bones didn't grow but people stopped slouching as they were not weighed down as much and walked taller due to confidence. I'll try to dig up the article, it was a cool read.

krampus
01-13-2014, 05:48 PM
I'm 0.75-1 inch taller than I was in high school and college, which puts me at goal height!

Arctic Mama
01-13-2014, 07:26 PM
I'm an inch taller than I was 100 pounds ago - the weight caused my frame to spread a bit and put a lot of pressure on my spine and the bones in my feet. When the load lightened, the 'springs' of my physiology relaxed back out a bit from their compression, too.

seagirl
01-13-2014, 07:33 PM
I gained an inch which I attribute to yoga. I was 5"8" forever, then a few years ago (after my yoga practice became much more regular) the drs started measuring me at 5'9".

tefrey
01-14-2014, 12:21 PM
You know, I'm glad you asked this question!

I have never been entirely sure of my height, just that it's between 5'4" and 5'5". The last few times I've been to the doctor I've been well over 5'5" ... so much so that I made them redo the measurement.

It was bugging me but I never realized it might be related to the weight loss ... the thing is, I don't think I was this tall even back when I was skinny.

But the one thing I know is that in my family I am the shortest by quite a bit. All the weight loss in the world won't change that ....

novangel
01-14-2014, 12:43 PM
I was 5'6" in HS. I should check again.

Veronica133
01-15-2014, 01:01 AM
I was 5'6" in HS. I should check again.


Please keep us posted

imabehot
01-15-2014, 01:05 AM
According to my moms doctor. Skinnier people have a tendency to stand up straighter than bigger people who tend to slouch a little. I know it's true for me. I was straight up when I was skinny-not anymore lol. But I'll fix that.

diamondgeog
01-17-2014, 02:18 PM
My height went up half an inch in the Dr.'s office. I've lost 64lbs. I feel taller. Can definitely feel better posture. I do think you stand up taller with less weight.

Only natural. You are literally weighed down less. And of course even if that doesn't happen you will look taller to others. Slimmer almost always looks taller.

Radiojane
01-17-2014, 04:31 PM
I would really rather NOT get taller. Six feet is about three inches more than I want as it is!

Dakini
01-17-2014, 07:56 PM
I don't remember where I found it, but there was a study on this a few years back. Ultimately, if you lose a large amount of weight, say 50 pounds or more, you tend to "grow" by half an inch to a full inch. After all their sciencing, the real answer was the bones didn't grow but people stopped slouching as they were not weighed down as much and walked taller due to confidence. I'll try to dig up the article, it was a cool read.

That makes a lot of sense. Also, I remember in high school when I started to run, I lost some weight and all my friends kept telling me that they "never noticed how tall [I] was." I think when we're heavy and tall, people who are shorter than us tend to think we are the same height for some weird reason. When we lose weight, however, people start noticing how tall we are rather how wide we are. At least that's what I've observed.

AwShucks
01-17-2014, 08:41 PM
I've always said I was 5'5", but I've always been heavy, so maybe I should measure again when I reach goal. Right now, at around 215, I feel very small, shorter, even. I notice it especially when standing next to bigger people - men and a certain 6'+ female coworker. I actually feel petite, when I know I'm not. I'm just so much smaller than I was.

But, funnily, if I look in the mirror, I don't really see much difference from nearly 100lbs ago. I have about decided that my stack of old "fat" photos that I keep handy for motivation is not such a good idea... I might be reinforcing that old image of myself and preventing the mental growth I need to achieve in seeing the "new me."