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Health: Sotos Syndrome

January 27th, 2017

 

Tall Teen Picture 2

Broc D. Brown is not your average 19-year-old. He is actually the world’s tallest teen at a whopping 7ft, 8ins and is still growing. He grows at an astonishing rate of 6 inches per year. If Broc continues to grow at this rate, he’ll be on track to become the world’s tallest man. It is said that Broc was about 5’2” in kindergarten, 6ft by middle school, and 7ft tall by high school.

Tall Teen Picture 4

Broc suffers from Sotos Syndrome, also known as cerebral gigantism, which is a genetic disorder that causes excessive growth. Along with this disorder, Broc also suffers from learning disabilities, strain on the heart, curvature of the spine, and narrowing of the spinal cord. But Broc doesn’t let anything get in his way.

 

Tall Teen Picture

 When you’re that tall, it’s hard to find clothes to fit just right, so Broc has to get all his clothes specially made for him. He has to get shoes and socks made for him because you can’t find size 28 sneakers in any store. He has a special 8ft bed so his feet don’t hang off. His community has come together and raised $10,000 for Broc and his family so that they can afford clothing for Broc.

Broc, you definitely Live Tall and Extra Long. You are not alone, we’re reassured to know that your community is rallying around you! We are also inspired by your ability to stay positive despite your many challenges. Make the most of your height and go for it!  

 

Tall Teen Picture 3

 

Learn more about Sotos Syndrome: 

http://sotossyndrome.org/sotos-syndrome

Learn more about Broc D. Brown:

http://www.morningnewsusa.com/7-foot-tall-broc-d-brown-worlds-tallest-teenager-michigan-23106848.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1815982/meet-the-worlds-tallest-teen-who-has-already-reached-a-record-breaking-7ft-8ins-and-is-still-growing/

https://www.facebook.com/PopSugarCelebrity/videos/10154828425314824/

 


 

 For starters, TEAL Apparel is first and foremost, all about tall. And long. Verticality.  North and south. Head to toe.

In short, we rock tall. East and west — horizontal — width and breadth, not so much. In fact, not at all. Our goal is to produce a line of affordable tall mens clothing that place a premium on fit, function and form. We utilize the finest materials and manufacture right here in the USA. That’s us. Who we are. What we do.

For Men 6′ and taller

Live Tall. And Extra Long.

http://tealapparel.com  

 

 

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Health: Eat Up

January 25th, 2017

Robert 1

 

Are you consuming enough? 

We recently read about a 7’7, 16 year old basketball player whose goal is to eat 4,000 calories a day.  While the average person is trying to maintain or even lower their daily intake of 2,500 calories, 4,000 calories seems like a ludicrous quantity. But, based on calorie counters this is actually a good daily goal to maintain weight for someone 7’7.  One of the lesser known challenges of being tall is adequate nutrition and hydration. 

In order to ensure you’re eating and hydrating enough use an online calculator. We used this Calorie Counter Calculator to validate the 4,000 calorie per day diet that Robert sticks to: 

http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html

We also went a step further to look at hydration. The typical recommendation of 8 cups of water per day does not work for someone 7’7.  Based on height, weight, activity level and climate, Robert  should drink 19 cups of water per day.  

http://www.h4hinitiative.com/tools/hydration-calculator

The standard quantities and recommendations do not apply to tall people. Figure out what you need to eat and drink so that you can really Live Tall!

 


 

Robert 2

 

At just Sixteen years old, Robert Bobroczky is taller than any current basketball player in the NBA right now. Robert is originally from Romania but has moved to the United States to pursue his dream in basketball. He is currently a freshman on the varsity team at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio and recently had his first debut on the court. Robert is at a current height of 7-foot-7 and is expected to grow even taller!

Off the court, Robert is a dedicated student and is fluent in four different languages. (English, Hungarian, Romanian, and Italian) He carries an impressive 4.0 grade point average and enjoys playing the piano in his free time.

Robert is still developing and is putting focus on making his body stronger and better. He is bulking up and hopes to gain at least 30 pounds by the end of the season. Bobroczky has great potential and continues to work on improving his game every day. There are no guarantees but if he continues to grow and improve his skills, he may be able to fulfil his dream of playing in the NBA one day!

Link to the full article: 

http://www.maxpreps.com/news/K-XaJYOg20OexM7bBxJjHA/video–giant-7-foot-7-robert-bobroczky-makes-big-american-high-school-basketball-debut.htm

 


 

 

For starters, TEAL Apparel is first and foremost, all about tall. And long. Verticality.  North and south. Head to toe.

In short, we rock tall. East and west — horizontal — width and breadth, not so much. In fact, not at all. Our goal is to produce a line of affordable tall mens clothing that place a premium on fit, function and form. We utilize the finest materials and manufacture right here in the USA. That’s us. Who we are. What we do.

For Men 6′ and taller

Live Tall. And Extra Long.

http://tealapparel.com  

 

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Health: Long & Tall Men Are Not Obese, Here’s Proof

January 2nd, 2014

Recently my husband, Ed, went to his pediatrician for his annual checkup and was directed to the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart on the door to explain if his tall size was obese. The chart only went to 6’4, yet Ed is 6’7.  So the doctor made an educated guess that he was not obese given his weight of 218 lbs. and height.

BMI Chart 1 – For Men Under 6’4

BMI chart for men under 6'3

Source: http://www.calculatebmi.co/bmi-calculator-for-men/

We found it disturbing that the chart did not include men taller than 6’3 so I created our own BMI chart specifically for men over 6 feet tall.

 BMI Chart 2 – For Men over 6′

BMI chart for men over 6 foot

The BMI charts are extremely informative about the range of people’s health given their height and weight.

Interesting Stats
The BMI index formula is kg/m² or your weight in kilograms divided by your height squared in meters. 

Average Weight for men in the US over 20 years old by percentile (according to CDC.gov)

50% 189 lbs

75% 218 lbs

85% 236 lbs

90% 252 lbs

95% 273 lbs

 

Average Height for men in the US over 20 years old by percentile (according to CDC.gov)

50% 69 in or 5 ft 9 in

75% 71 in or 5 ft 11 in

85% 72 in or 6 ft

90% 73 in or 6 ft 1 in

95% 74 in or 6 ft 2 in

 

35% of the US population is obese (according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The results of the research were quite interesting. I found that the taller you are, the less likely you are to become obese as you have more mass to distribute throughout your body. The BMI charts clearly show that men under 6’3 are more likely to be considered obese versus those taller than 6’3. So if you are tall and considered big, you are not necessarily obese. The good news is that we sell clothes for the Long & Tall man who is not obese so rest assured that TEAL will have something great waiting for you when you need it.  Have a happy and healthy New Year everyone!

 

Warm Regards,

Jenni 

 

TEAL Apparel provides premium long pants designed for the Long & Tall man, made of quality materials, sewn in the USA and sold on-line.

Men’s clothing for the Long & Tall, not Big & Tall

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Health and Wellness – Dry Socket: Tall man’s big pain in the mouth

November 7th, 2013

drysocketsmile

 

At the age of 35 my husband, Ed, recently had all four of his wisdom teeth pulled. Once the teeth are removed the body is smart enough to fill in the holes as to prevent infection. However the recovery and pain can be big for a long and tall guy. This recovery condition is called Dry Socket and defined as extreme pain that occurs after a permanent adult tooth is extracted. Sadly, Ed was impacted by this complication and felt like this was an important issue to highlight for would-be patients who may have to extract a tooth.

Beware! If you are long and tall the risks for dry-socket are higher because it takes the body longer to heal and for the bone to close the holes where your tooth once was. The pain is caused by the exposure of the underlying bone and nerves.

So how do you fix the problem?

The way to beat dry socket is to go to your oral surgeon and they will fill the empty tooth socket with a substance in order to prevent the exposed nerve from being contacted. Pain medication and a bottle of Jack Daniels will not be enough.  Your best bet is the oral surgeon whose treatments can reduce the pain and facilitate healing. So, long and tall friends, be aware of potential big pain and know that there are methods to help the healing.

 

Warm Regards,

Jenni

 

TEAL Apparel provides premium long pants designed for the man with long legs and tall frame, made of quality materials, sewn in the USA and sold on-line.

Men’s clothing for the long and tall, not the big and tall

http://tealapparel.com

 

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Health and Wellness: Growing Up, Understanding Human Growth Hormone

August 29th, 2013

pituitary gland

 

Back to school is here and many parents are snapping pictures of their children on their first day of school and posting them online for friends and family to see. It’s amazing seeing these kids grow so fast year after year. This observation led me to myself: How do we grow? It is Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

 

Recently, there has been a lot of bad press about HGH in sports and how adults are misusing it for selfish gain in their professional sport vocation, but for kids, HGH is a good thing. It’s necessary for them to grow as children into adolescents.  HGH is a product of the pituitary gland found in the back of the brain. The gland pumps out HGH until adulthood (30 years) and then declines output levels 2% a year. The result is belly fat, sagging skin and decrease in muscle mass.

 

People want to live forever young and HGH can help. This need has generated a multi-billion dollar industry producing products with HGH that you inject into yourself to stop aging and increase muscle mass. However, there is little evidence that HGH will regain youth and vitality and the FDA has concurred. If fact there is evidence that HGH injections can cause side affects (joint and muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, swelling diabetes, and heart disease.

 

There are a few safe alternatives to naturally increase your growth hormone (Reference Dr. Oz)
1) Eat Fenugreek. A vegetable
2) L’Arginine. An amino acid found in vitamin supplements
3) Sleep

 

In the end, there is no quick fix to staying younger. Eat right, stay active and sleep well will be enough to feel great and live long and tall.

 

Warm Regards,
Jenni

 

www.tealapparel.com

 

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Health and Wellness: Great Nutrition For A Long Body

June 6th, 2013

My husband has had energy deficiencies at work and at home when he eats normal proportions of food and drink. It got me thinking that he under nourished so we decided to visit a Nutritionist to help understand the problem.  What we found out was shocking. Long and Tall guys need to consume more food and drink than the average person to sustain a normal level of energy throughout the day. Really? Eat and Drink more? Yep. This is based on height and weight.  IF you are larger than the average man, then you have to compensate. Much like bending lower to get into doorways or scrunching into chairs just to fit in, you should adjust your diet as well. Hope these tips help improve your energy.

Warm Regards,

Jenni

 


 

The average person needs to consume about 2000 calories a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with some snacks in between), but for a man taller than the average height of 5 feet 9 inches you will need to consume 2500 calories if over 6 feet and over 3000 calories if over 7 feet.  Also, you need to drink more than the 8 cups of water per day. You must drink 12.5 glasses (8 oz a glass) or 56% more water than the average guy. The saying Go big or Go home can be now be interpreted to mean, Eat and Drink Big or fall down. 

 

platemethod

 

So to help you on your daily eating and drinking consumption, I have written a nutrition guideline for my long and tall friends to review:

  • 6:30am Breakfast (500 calories)
    1 cup of dry oats + water + greek yogurt + banana 
  • 9:30am Snack (150 calories)
    fruit or snack bar
  • 12pm Lunch (800 calories)
    tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread + fruit + chips+ cheese + salad
  • 3pm Snack (150 calories)
    fruit or yogurt or snack bar
  • 5pm Snack (150 calories)
    fruit or nuts of snack bar 
  • 7pm Dinner (800 calories)
    whole wheat spaghetti, turkey meatballs with tomato sauce + steamed vegetables + fruit + chocolate

 Important: Avoid not eating every 4 hours

 

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Health and Wellness: Standing Tall To Improve Your Health and Happiness

May 9th, 2013

My husband recently encountered a new trend in the workplace:  standing while you work.  After resarching the topic I found our that sitting down for the majority of the day is not healthy and has a tremendous number of negative side effects such as: back pain, weight gain, loss of energy, lack of productivity and sadness.

Read on to learn more about this subject.

Warm Regards,

Jenni


 

 standing at meeting

 

Standing Tall To Improve Your Health and Happiness

 

What happens if you sit over six hours a day?

  • 54% more likely to die of heart attacks (research journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise).  
  • Death Prematurely by over 37% for women and 18% higher for men (2010 study by American Cancer Society)
  • Burn 40% less calories than those who stand (research study from Men’s Health).

The standing at work concept includes meetings too. Many corporate conference rooms have no chairs or meetings are conducted with everyone standing up. A 1998 study showed the meetings were found to be one third shorter and the decision results where the same.  It is no wonder why the people I see standing at work look healthier, are happy and more productive.

Jenni also did a self-study this past week, combining more physical tasks (20 minute exercise, packing moving boxes, fulfilling and shipping orders) requiring her to step away from the desk frequently. She found that her productivity was higher when she returned to her desk after doing other tasks in addition to feeling more alert, healthier and happier.

 

So why is this relevant for the long legged man?

 

Guys with long legs, like me, historically do not fit under normal sized desks (30 inch height) and a great solution for this problem is to stand and use a standing desk. Not only is it healthier, but we’ve found it can enhance your work performance and happiness. There are many standing desk options in the market, but there are three that we believe would specifically help the tall man with long legs.

Don’t forget to maintain an ergonomically correct posture:

  • Make  sure your monitor is at eye level
  • Keep your arms parallel to the floor  (your arms should be at the same level as the keyboard)

 


Found: Standing Workstations


 

 

kangaroo standing desk

$399

Kangaroo Pro Junior

Adjusts main work surface height 15″ above your desk

 

 

 

Safco Products Company - Images Library

 

 

$521

Safco Muv Stand-up Adjustable Height Workstation

Adjusts height from 35″ to 49″

 

 

 

 

Anthro Elevate 2 standing desk

 

$1299

Anthro Elevate II

Adjusts height from 28″ to 47″

Lifts 150 lbs.

 

 


Hot Off The Press: Ditch Your Office Chair for a New Standing Desk


 

Also, read this great blog post from WIRED Magazine regarding this same issue:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/05/ditch-your-office-chair-for-a-new-standing-desk/

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Health and Wellness: Stretching

February 14th, 2013

A constant problem many Tall people have is back pain. Many of us are active individuals that work and play hard.  All of this wear and tear places a lot of pressure on our backs and at times gives us excruciating pain. The past few years, I have been troubled with recurring back pain that stemmed from many years of playing sports, in addition to sitting at my desk, plane, and car awkwardly. My posture is bad and I do not do enough to build my core or my back muscles to handle the stress of bending over to do everyday tasks (picking up my kids, shoveling snow, etc.). I recently went to a new physical therapist after I could not tolerate the pain any further and they provided me with an easy stretching cheat sheet to follow every day.

What I found out is that my hamstrings were tight and as a result they pulled on my back muscles which then caused pain. Solution: Stretch out the hamstring muscles and it will reduce the pulling on the back muscles. So far, by following these few stretches every day I have had no back pain and I am able to live a normal life. Pain is only in your mind until you cannot get off the floor.

Warm Regards,

Ed


 

CHEAT SHEET:  TALL MAN STRETCHES

 

 

hamstring stretch

 

1. Hamstring Stretch

Hold the stretch on each leg for 30 seconds, repeat 2-3 times. Then stretch both legs at the same time for 30 seconds, repeat 2-3 times.

 

 

 

 

butt stretch

2. Butt Stretch

Hold the stretch on each leg for 30 seconds, repeat 2-3 times.

 

 

 

 

hamstring door stretch NEW

 

3. Hamstring Door Stretch

Hold the stretch on each leg for 30 seconds, repeat 2-3 times.

 

 

 

 

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