Jump to navigation. I'm only 4'5 but have No health problems besides thyroid and cholesterol. Hi Lynda, It sounds like your health issues are managed, so no, unless you are ill and actually unable to work, you will not qualify. Hi there, Generally people with dwarfism would not call themselves 'midgets' and may consider the word offensive. I went ahead and changed the title of this thread, because obviously someone who was previously moderating the forum did not catch it.
Dwarf vs. Midget
Midget - Wikipedia
Midget from midge , a sand fly  is a term for a person of unusually short stature that is considered by some to be pejorative. It may also refer to anything of much smaller than normal size, as a synonym for "miniature",  such as a midget cell , a midget crabapple , a midget submarine , MG's Midget , Daihatsu's Midget , and the Midget Mustang airplane ; or to anything that regularly uses anything that is smaller than normal other than a person , such as midget car racing and quarter midget racing ; or a smaller version of play or participation, such as midget golf ; or to anything designed for very young i. Merriam-Webster dictionary states that the first use of the term "midget" was in Midgets have always been popular entertainers, but were often regarded with disgust and revulsion in society. In the early 19th century, however, midgets were romanticized by the middle class and regarded with the same affectionate condescension extended to children, as creatures of innocence. Barnum indirectly helped popularize the term "midget" when he began featuring General Tom Thumb , Lavinia Warren and Commodore Nutt in his circus. Such performances continued to be widespread through the mid part of the twentieth century, with Hermines Midgets brought from their performances in Paris to appear at the New York World's Fair ,  the same year that MGM released The Wizard of Oz , which featured midgets in its cast, most of whom were from the Singer's Midgets troupe.
Midget vs. Dwarf
A dwarf is an extremely short adult who is less than 58 inches tall. The word midget is considered derogatory and offensive. Both words describe a short person, but refer to different physical characteristics and genetic conditions. The term midget is now rarely used and is considered offensive.
Dwarfism , also known as short stature , occurs when an organism is extremely small. In cases of proportionate dwarfism , both the limbs and torso are unusually small. Intelligence is usually normal, and most have a nearly normal life expectancy. Those with genetic disorders can sometimes be treated with surgery or physical therapy.