He Ping Ping is the World’s Shortest Man

February 14th, 2009 - 5:59 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

He Ping Ping, the World’s Shortest Man said on Friday there was every reason to think big about being tiny.

The World’s Shortest Man recognised last year by the Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest man who is mobile, 20-year-old. He Ping Ping stands only 74.1 centimeters (26 inches) and weighs seven kilograms (15.4 pounds).

The Chinese national, who was born with a deformity that stunts normal bone growth, said his small size let him slip through tiny spots and eat as much as he wanted for a pittance.

‘I’m not particularly envious of someone who is tall. If you’re tall it is hard to move and it’s very inconvenient,’ said Mr He, who was in Japan to appear on television.

‘I can weave my way through tight spots if I’m short. It’s much better to be short,’ he said, slipping into a niche between a poster board and a wall in front of flashing cameras.

Despite his tiny height, Mr He, lives with his sister, and also smokes a pack of cigarettes per day but said he was trying to cut back ‘because it’s bad for the health’.

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