If you want to know the record holder for the tallest man in the world, then you're in the right place. The tallest man of all time is Robert Wadlow from the United States. Measuring 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m). Wadlow reached almost 9 feet in height and weighed 485 lb (220 kg) at his death at age 22. He was born in February 22, 1918 in Alton, Illinois, and died July 15, 1940. Wadlow's size began to take its toll: he required leg braces to walk, and had little feeling in his legs and feet. Despite these difficulties, Wadlow was never confined to a wheelchair.
The tallest living man is Sultan Kösen, born in December in Turkey. Sultan measured 2.47 m (8 ft 1 in). He overtook the title from Bao Xishun (also known as Xi Shun). He is one of only twelve individuals in medical history to be confirmed at a height of eight feet or more.
Other tallest people in the world are: John Rogan (8 ft 9, died 1905), Leonid Stadnyk (8 ft 5, died 2008), Vaino Myllyrinne (8 ft 1, died in 1963), Suleiman Ali Nashnush (8 ft, died in 1991), Sun Ming-Ming (7 ft 9, still living) is considered the tallest basketball player.
Did you know that the Netherlands, Sweden, Lithuania, and Germany have the highest average male height. 6 ft 1⁄2 in (1.83 m) For the Netherlands, 5 ft 11 1⁄2 in (1.81 m) for Germany. The average height for each sex within a population is significantly different, with men being (on average) taller than women. Women ordinarily reach their greatest height at a younger age than men, because puberty generally occurs earlier in women than in men.
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Yao Defen is considered the tallest living woman who was born in July 15, 1972 in Shucheng China . Yao measured 2.33 m (7 ft 8 in). Her gigantism is due to a tumor in her pituitary gland. The story of this "woman giant" began to spread rapidly after she went to see a doctor at the age of fifteen years for an illness. After that, many companies attempted to train her to be a sports star. The plans were abandoned, however, because Defen was too weak. Because she is illiterate, since 1992 Yao Defen has been forced to earn a living by traveling with her father and performing.
Sandra Elaine "Sandy" Allen was also recognized the tallest woman during her life. She is from the U.S (born June 18, 1955 – died in August 13, 2008). She was 7 ft. 7¼ in. (232 cm) in height. Jane "Jinny" Bunford (26 July 1895 – 1 April 1922) is the second tallest Briton ever recorded in British medical history. At the time of her death she was also the tallest woman in world medical history, a record that stood for the next sixty years. In March 1922, Jane stood 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in) tall, in her final measurement taken when she was alive. It was estimated that she would have been 2.41 m (7 ft 11 in), if she had not developed the spinal curvature.
Did you know that the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and the Czech Republic have the highest average height. Which means females in these countries are taller than the rest of the world. The average female height in the Netherlands (5 ft 6 1/2 in or 1.69 m), Belgium (5 ft 6 in or 1.67 m), Norway (5 ft 6 in or 1.67 m) and the Czech Republic (5 ft 6 in or 1.67 m).
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