On October 18, 2020, Ren Keyu not only ushered in his 14th birthday, but also ushered in the title of [the tallest teenager (male)] in the Guinness World Records with a height of 221 cm.
Xiaoyu is from Leshan City, Sichuan Province, China, and was born on October 18, 2006. In kindergarten, Xiaoyu has grown to about 150 cm, and is often considered a primary school student.
For Xiaoyu’s extraordinary height, his family also took him to the hospital many times for examination. At first, the doctor suspected that it was gigantism. However, after several examinations, Xiaoyu’s body was not bothered by disease. His growth hormone, pituitary gland, etc. All inspection results showed normal.
Xiaoyu believes that his height may be genetic, because the height of the family is generally high: Xiaoyu’s grandmother is 175cm tall, Xiaoyu’s grandfather and mother are both over 190cm tall, and Xiaoyu’s father is over 180cm tall. Both grandparents are over 170 cm tall.
The measurement on the day of the challenge was carried out at Leshan People’s Hospital. According to the challenge rules, Xiaoyu measures standing height, lying height, hand length, hand span, foot length, foot width, arm span, and half arm span at three time points in the day: morning, middle, and night. Finally, after the Guinness World Records review, it was confirmed that Xiaoyu became the latest [Tallest Youth (Male)] Guinness World Record holder.
In order not to affect Xiaoyu’s growth and vision, the tables and chairs in Xiaoyu’s home and school are all customized. Not only the desk, but Xiaoyu’s bed and clothes also need to be customized, and shoes need to be worn in size 56.
For Xiaoyu, being tall has a lot of advantages. He basically does things like cleaning windows and blackboards and corners in the class. But obviously there are also many inconveniences caused by height, such as frequent head bumps and some troubles when taking public transportation.
But what made Xiaoyu most uncomfortable was the strange look cast by passers-by. “In some people’s minds, tall stature is always associated with simple mind.” Xiaoyu said that he can only prove himself with practical actions and academic performance, and now often takes the first place in the class.
Due to his super height and weight, Xiaoyu is not suitable for strenuous sports such as basketball. Speaking of his usual hobbies, Xiaoyu prefers to read books and play games, and wants to become an e-sports player when he grows up.
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