We have heard of reports of the tallest man and woman in the world. Have you heard about the tallest eight-year-old? Meet the world’s tallest boy from India.
Standing at 6 feet 6, Karan Singh from Meerut, India, is believed to be the world’s tallest eight-year-old. He is currently twice the size of his classmates, the Barcroft reported.
Being the world’s tallest at this age is not surprising for him, as he has already made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the heaviest and tallest baby when he was born.
“When Karan was born, he weighed 7.8 kgs and was over 63 cms in length. So that got him into the record books instantly. Then, when he was five years old, he got the record for being the tallest toddler. He is eight now and I want to get him into the Guinness Records again,” said his dad, Sanjay Singh.
Despite his height, he is still a normal schoolboy who plays with his friends. “After finishing my homework, I play with my friends and then I go play basketball with my mother. She started teaching me since I was five years old and I want to play basketball like my mother. But I also like science a lot,” he said.
His mother, Shweatlana, is a basketball player and has represented India in numerous sports events. Being 7 feet 2, she was named the tallest woman in India and Karan’s father is 6 feet 6, so this could probably be where Karan got his height from.
“As they say, a tiger’s son grows up to become a tiger. Karan is also the son of a tigress. He will grow up to be a tiger,” Shweatlana said.
Both parents take Karan for regular medical checks to make sure the height does not impact his health. “We take Karan to an endocrinologist regularly. For both Shweatlana and Karan, it might be an excess of the growth hormone. Till now, the tests have not shown any problems and everything is normal. Karan has a good stamina and has no internal problems,” Sanjay said.
“I am a naturopath by profession and I make sure that we follow a special diet and supplements along with a healthy day to day lifestyle,” Sanjay added.
Being so tall has a problem–getting shoes and clothes that fit. “When Karan was born, he didn’t fit into regular baby clothes. We had to get clothes for a six-month-old baby for him,” Shweatlana said.
“At the age of three, clothes for a 10-year-old would fit him. Now, his shoe size is already 12 and sometimes we don’t get that in the markets and have to get them made,” she continued.
“My clothes have to be stitched specially. I don’t even find bangles or sandals in my size. Now we get Karan’s clothes tailor made as well,” she added.
Though Karan is already very tall, he hopes to grow taller.
“I like that I am tall and that my mom is tall. I want to be taller than my mom and make my parents proud. But if I have to choose between becoming a doctor and a basketball player, I will choose basketball for sure,” he said.