I have had this question rattling around for a while now, but recently an old high-school friend found me on facebook.
B is a small person. I never thought much about it, but he has something like 'Lion Face" and is sufficiently malformed that he could touch his knees while standing straight. Barrel-chested, he also seemed to have a pronounced hump. Like I said, I liked him, never thought much about his physical condition.
Anyway he has reported he has been on disability for over ten years. He is fifty-two now, same as me.
We also have a small person who works in my office. He seems well-formed, but is quite short.
**Do small people have loads of health problems? Are their lifespans shorter than normal-height persons? **