Who Cares If You're Short?

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When you're a kid, it's better to be tall than short, right? Not necessarily, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers asked nearly 1,000 6th-to 12th-graders in western New York to list their friends, rate the likability of their classmates and pick out peers with particular characteristics, such as "is a good leader." Respondents graded very short teens — those about six inches shorter than average — as being just as well adjusted, well liked, disliked or bullied as their taller peers.