Dwarf vs. Midget

A dwarf is an extremely short heighted adult who is less than 58 inches tall. On the other hand, midget is also referred to as a short heightened adult but it sounds very offensive and derogatory. Both words describe a person who is short in height. The main difference between midget and dwarf is the “midget” is a person who is very short in height, but normally proportioned and the “dwarf” is the person who is also very short in height but has a disproportion of the body part. This short height problem is generally caused by genetic or nutritional disability. Another main difference in “dwarf” and “midget” is that the dwarf’s growth was a disability. While a midget was small but proportionate.

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Dwarf vs. Midget

Comparison Chart

Basis            Dwarf           Midget
Definition A dwarf is a person who is less than 58 inches tall. Dwarf has disproportion of the body parts. It is generally caused by genetic and nutritional disability. The midget is also called a short heighted person. Midget has proportioned body parts when compared to average peoples.
Problems Dwarf has to suffer the joint and bones problems and as well as psychological and social problems due to their conditions. Midget has to suffer from psychological and social problems but low as compared to dwarf.
Offensive The word “dwarf” is not considered offensive. The word “midget” is considered offensive. When misused to describe those with dwarfism.
Height The average height of an adult in dwarfism is 4’0 but typical height range from 2’8 to 4’10. A midget is any adult height 4’10 or shorter. Regardless of gender.
Causes Genetic disorder. Genetic disorder.
Affects Animal, human and plants Human only.
Physical Condition Extremely short heighted, joint diseases, and disoriented growth of some organ. Extremely short people. But normally proportioned.
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Definition of Dwarf

A dwarf is a usually called a small heightened person who is less than 58 tall with abnormal body proportions. Dwarfism is caused by genetic problems. It can easily affect an animal, human and plants. People with dwarfism face many psychological and social problem and they also suffer from the bone and joint problem as well as nerve compression. People with dwarfism face many problems due to this they start to lose their confidence.

There are two main type of dwarfism.

  • Proportionate Dwarfism
  • Disproportionate Dwarfism

Proportionate Dwarfism:

The people with dwarfism have the head, trunk and limbs are all proportionate to each other, but much small than the average sized person. This condition is known as “Proportionate Dwarfism.”

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Disproportionate Dwarfism:

This is the most common kind of dwarfism and it happens with 90% of cases of dwarfism. This condition is characterized by having body parts that are disproportionate to each other. For example, due to genetic problem arms and legs that are significantly shorter than an average sized person but other features are normal like the unaffected person. This condition is known as “Disproportionate Dwarfism.”

Be mindful of the words and labels a person with dwarfism use to describe themselves. Also, be sensitive to the challenges or prejudice they may face in everyday life.

Definition of Midget

The term midget is sound very offensive and derogatory. It is generally named for a person who is extremely short in height but has well-proportionate body structure. Little people (midget) do not suffer from the bone and joint issues but they also suffer from the psychological and social problem due to this they also lose their confidence. They grow like the normal heighted person but do not exceed from 58 inches in height. They have always been popular entertainers but were often regarded with disgust and revulsion in society. Midget is the type of word which should not be used to describe anyone’s personality. They can be normal with the help of limb-lengthening surgery, but its availability is limited and the cost is very high in dollars.

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Key Differences between Dwarf and Midget

  1. A dwarf is a person who is less than 58 inches tall in height. Midget is also called the person who is shorter in height less than 58 inches.
  2.  The people with dwarfism have disproportioned body parts. While midget has proportionate body parts.
  3. The word “Midget” sounds very offensive and derogatory. On the other hand, dwarfism does not sound offensive.
  4. A dwarfism can affect plant, animal and humans. Midget can affect humans only.
  5. Dwarfism is caused by a genetic disorder. While midget is also caused by a genetic disorder.
  6. The dwarf has to suffer joint and bones diseases as well as psychological and social problems due to their condition. On the other hand, midget does not have to face joint and bones problem but they also suffer from psychological and social problems.
  7. The word midget is not considerable. While dwarf can be used to describe short heightened persons.

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Conclusion

So, midget and dwarfism are related to each other but the only difference between them is proportionate and disproportionate body structure. The people who are short in height faces many problems social and psychological due to their condition and the dwarfism faces many health issues also. We should use proper words to describe them. We should not bully them for their health condition. And also understand their feeling. We must be sensitive to the challenges and prejudice they may face in everyday life

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