Tallest Person in the World
If you want to know the record holder for the tallest person in the world, then you're in the right place. Robert Wadlow from the United States, is considered to be the tallest person ever lived. 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 woman of all time was Zeng Jinlian (June 26, 1964 – February 13, 1982), at the age of 17 she measured 8 feet 1.75 inches. She is also the only female counted among the twelve individuals in medical history who reached a verified eight feet or more.
It's worth noting that the tallest living person is Sultan Kösen, born December 10, 1982 in Mardin, 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.
Yao Defen of China is the tallest living woman in the world at 2.33 m (7 ft 7 1⁄2 in). 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 gigantism, also known as giantism is a condition characterized by excessive growth and height significantly above average. This condition is caused by an over production of human growth hormone. Hypersomia is a condition in which a newborn infant is abnormally large at birth, usually weighing 10 pounds or greater. This condition is often seen in infants that are born to mothers with diabetes as a result of the mother's blood sugar levels being higher than normal during the pregnancy.