At nearly 5 feet tall, my 10-year-old stands head and shoulders above the other kids in her class. She thinks being tall is pretty cool and I can see why. The ability to see over the other player’s heads gives her an advantage in soccer and, with such long legs, she can outrun every kid in her grade. I tell her to enjoy being tall while she can because soon enough, the other kids are going to catch up. And considering the stature of most of her family members, many of those kids will end up taller than her.
But while being tall is likely a temporary condition for my kid, it is no doubt a permanent one for Karan Singh. At 2 1/2 years old, the boy from Meerut, India is already 4 feet, 5 inches tall.
Karan was born big. Weighing in at 13 pounds and measuring 2 feet in length, he never fit into baby clothes and currently wears the same size as the average 10-year-old. And according to mom Shweatlana Singh, he’s hungry. Very, very hungry.
When Karan wakes up in the morning the first thing he does is ask for food and tea. Whenever he sees anybody eating, he asks for food. He’d never stop eating if I didn’t force him to.
In looking at Karan, it’s easy to understand why his preschool initially refused to accept him because they thought he was too old. But you need look no further than his parents to see where he gets it. His dad is 6’7″ tall and, at 7’2″ his basketball-playing mother is the tallest woman in Asia.
Karan is believed to be the tallest toddler in the world and will likely end up on a basketball court himself one day. “His height is an advantage and if he wants to play basketball in future I will send him to America for studies there,” says Shweatlana.
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