People have the strangest concepts of what being a dwarf is really like. Here are a few things a dwarf hears frequently, that is completely wrong.

Dwarfs must all overeat since they have potbellies. The reality is very different. A dwarf can diet and exercise constantly and will still have a bulging abdomen. It is primarily the bones which have remained small. The lungs, stomach, and other organs are normal size, which means the smaller ribcage cannot contain everything.

All dwarfs look alike. It is amazing how many people mistake a dwarf they see in a restaurant for famous TV personalities. If you take a moment to look closer, the facial features are different, bodies are different shapes, different skin tones, and different heights. There is just as much diversity among dwarfs as there are any other categories of people. Imagine how frustrating it would be to always be mistaken for another person.

There are real challenges for dwarfs. They often have health issues that creep in due to their dwarfism. This can include bone spurs, joint problems, and issues with cartilage. These issues can start in their childhood and remain with them for life. If you see a dwarf moving stiffly, it could easily be caused by joint issues.

A dwarf’s life is filled with overcoming challenges. They use adapter kits to convert cars for their use. This most commonly includes pedal extenders for the brakes and accelerator. Normal sized items in the home can be challenging. It can be overcome with custom cabinets, or by using step stools, reach extenders, and other accessories to simplify the life of a dwarf.

Many people have the concept a dwarf has a shortened lifetime due to their smaller size. This is not true. A dwarf has a normal life span.

The life of a dwarf is filled with overcoming challenges, but sometimes that is their biggest strength. They learn to overcome obstacles that would stop most of us and use that mental strength to excel in other parts of their lives, too.