Is one side of your body larger than the other? Do you know why?

United States
June 23, 2009 10:47pm CST
Hello all...I have read that it is very normal for one side of a person's body to be slightly larger than the other. For instance, my right hand and foot are slightly larger than the left. It is really only noticeable to me when I wear rings and also in the way my shoes fit. I never really was able to find out why this is so common. Is one side of your body larger than the other side? Do you happen to know why? Thank you... Karen
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@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
24 Jun 09
huh it is interesting. I know that our one side of the arms and legs maybe stronger or bigger than the other side because we use one of the sides more usually like if you are right handed, you use you tend to pick up stuff by your right arm more, so it is stronger.
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• United States
24 Jun 09
I think you may be onto something. Perhaps whichever hand dominates, we also use that leg, etc., more often. That would explain why one side is bigger and stronger than another.
@mimpi1911 (25467)
• India
24 Jun 09
Hahaha..I know what you mean Karen. My friend claims that her left leg is slightly longer than the right and we keep pulling her telling that we pull her left leg all the time. But it could be true. My left fore arm is fatter than the right one. Every time i wear a fitting dress I could feel the difference. Initially i used to give benefit of doubt to myself but every time the tailor couldn't go wrong, could he?
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• United States
24 Jun 09
Nope, the tailor couldn't always be wrong :) I have the same things, but on the right side. Not noticeable as a rule to anyone but us.
@sk66rc (4265)
• United States
24 Jun 09
I'm left handed & my left arm in general is more developed than my right & also my legs as well. I'm don't know if that's why but it might have something to do with it. Depends on which handed you are, that side of the body tends to get more work out because you lean towards it more. I'm no doctor so I have no clue if this is true but in my case, I do use left side of my body a lot more than my right & over the years, when I get out of the shower or go to the beach & get in to my swiming shorts, I have noticed I'm little lopsided. May be it's just me.
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• United States
24 Jun 09
You might be onto something there. For me, it is the right side that is slightly bigger and I am right-handed. I do notice that that side of my body is stronger or more "developed" in general. Thank you for your theories :) They make a lot of sense. Karen
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@tjades (3594)
• Jamaica
24 Jun 09
ne side of my body is slightly bigger than the other also. Actually it is on my right side which this difference in size manifest itself. I have no idea why this so but somehow I seem to vaguely remember being given some sort of explanation for this.
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• United States
24 Jun 09
It is my right side that is larger too. I've thought being right-handed might explain why that hand is slighly larger (noticeable to me but only where rings are concerned) but I doubt that explains the right foot being larger lol. Thank you for responding. Karen
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• United States
24 Jun 09
...hmm..i had this issue when i was going through puberty....when i used to get fitted for shoes, my left foot was almost a half size smaller than my right...but then i grew up and evened out alright...iono why this phenomenon exists though...must have to do with our growth hormones or something...haha...i'm no doctor [x
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• United States
24 Jun 09
It seems the opposite happened with me. I don't recall noticing the differences between my right and left sides to be quite as pronounced when I was growing up as they became once I was an adult. Thank you for your input :D Karen
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
24 Jun 09
The ring size is definitely different on one hand and I have noticed that my hair grows more (longer and thicker) on one side than on the other.
• United States
24 Jun 09
Ah, I forgot to mention the hair thing. It is the same for me. The salon operator that trims my hair said this is true of almost everyone. I guess most of us are at least a bit "lop-sided." : ) Karen
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@Canellita (12061)
• United States
26 Jun 09
LOL at the concept of being lop-sided! Sounds like the beginning of a great title for something. "My lop-sided life..."
• United States
26 Jun 09
Ha! That would be a great blog title :D
• China
24 Jun 09
My left foot is thinner than the right one,I think the reason is that my left foot was injured years ago. As I see it ,apart from body injury,DNA may become another reason.
• United States
24 Jun 09
Hm, very interesting. I hadn't considered that DNA or an injury could be responsible for this. Thank you for bringing that up! Karen
• United States
28 Mar 10
My right side is stronger, my right hand and foot are slightly larger than the left, and the right side of my beard grows a bit faster than the left.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Jun 09
Yes, most people are not perfectly symmetrical. My left foot is slightly wider than my right foot, and one of my ears is a little higher than the other. I guess DaVinci's model of the symmetrical man is just a little off.
• United States
24 Jun 09
LOL, I love the remark about DaVinci! I do this to be common, but have always wondered if there was a specific reason as to why. At least I am now sure that the studies were accurate and that I not an oddball :D Thank you for responding. Karen
• Spain
30 Mar 10
Hiya peaceful, My right foot is a bit bigger than the left. But I don´t know why either. Both my hands are the same size so I have never been able to figure it out. When they say put your best foot forward I suppose that´s what I´m doing putting my best foot forward the right one of course. Maybe that foot is bigger because I use it first at all times. Have a great Day.
• Indonesia
25 Jun 09
are you a left handed or a right handed ? if you're a right handed, then it is reasonable if your right hand and foot are slightly larger than the left. because you are using it more than the left side. when you eat you're using right hand, when you write you're using right hand, or when you lift something you're using more power on your right hand, something like that..and that makes you muscles working too, it's more powerful than the left hand. try to realize it in every move or step you make, and you will notice if it is possible. but what if one of our boobs is smaller than the other ? lol that's what i still don't know why, although lots of doctors says it is normal..
• United States
26 Jun 09
Ok, the right hand/right side makes perfect sense :D The leg or foot? I still don't know about that. Or the boob thing! LOL. Thank you for your input. Karen
@thejuice (237)
• Indonesia
25 Jun 09
Hi.., you have a nice topic of discussion, I don't know exactly why part of our body is larger then the other and most of them is couple of body.., likes my right arm is larger then my left one, I thought maybe it's because my right arm is more active then the left and my right foot is larger then the left one too...lol, it seems my part of body that larger then the other is the same with you. you're not alone girl...lol
• United States
25 Jun 09
LOL, I'm glad I'm not alone in this! I always figured the right hand and arm were bigger because that is what I most use, too. I'm not sure about the leg and foot. Maybe the extra strength just travels on down the body? LOL Thank you for responding, Juice. Karen
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
24 Jun 09
No. I don't think one side of my body is larger, although I don't know how I'd weight one side of my body. If you can give me tips on weighting one side of my body then I'll be able to accurately answer the question.
• United States
24 Jun 09
Hello Blue, the way to tell, at least for me, is that my right shoe is always a bit tighter and so is a ring on my right ring finger compared to the same ring placed on my left ring finger. These are two things you can experiment to know if you, like many of us, are a bit "lop-sided." :) Karen
@qiao522 (449)
• China
24 Jun 09
Sort of. But I don't know why. I know a lot of people are not totally phisically symmetrical. Sorry I can't help you.
• United States
24 Jun 09
It is a curious thing to me. Perhaps someday I will know why :) Thank you for responding. Have a beautiful "rest of the week." Karen
• United Arab Emirates
30 Mar 10
I think it's only the foot...don't know of another
• India
23 Jul 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, I would like to bring out some thing very much interesting to respond your discussion from the web as follows :- http://www.articlesbase.com/muscle-building-articles/when-one-side-of-a-muscle-group -is-smaller-than-the-other-how-to-train-to-fix-it-588849.html [b]"When One Side Of a Muscle Group Is Smaller Than The Other - How To Train to Fix It Posted: Oct 3rd, 2008 | Everybody's got them. Sometimes you notice them, sometimes you don't. But there is nothing strange about having one side smaller or less developed than the other! It can happen for a variety of reasons, including genetics, reduced circulation or innervation (which is basically the amount of nerves going to the muscle) to the smaller muscle, previous injuries, or even small anatomical differences. If you've got a significant size or strength difference between sides, this information is for you. The following techniques will help you to even out those lagging bodyparts once and for all! These techniques can be incorporated into your regular workouts very easily, allowing you to quickly bring up those smaller, less-developed bodyparts. Several of the techniques work by increasing training volume, some work by increasing resistance, while others work by targeting the specific physiological causes of the difference (circulation and innervation). 1. "One and Two and One" Reps This is a dumbell technique that increases the training volume for the smaller muscle. For this technique, you'll use the same dumbells in both hands. Start with one rep with the one arm of the smaller part. For example, if you're doing curls, do one dumbell curl with your left arm. Now do a single rep with BOTH arms (right and left) at the same time. Immediately do another rep with the smaller arm again. Your smaller bodypart will end up getting 50% more work than the larger side. 2. "One and Two and One" Sets This approach is very similar to the rep technique explained above. This time, however , you will do one set of an exercise for just that single side, rest, then do a set that works both sides. Then you'll go back and do a set with just the smaller side again. This will also increase the "smaller-side" workload by about 50%. This approach also utilizes dumbells rather than barbells in order to allow for single -limb movements. This "staggered set" approach is more effective for leg exercises than the "staggered rep" technique explained above simply because it's tough to find an exercise that you can do the "rep" technique effectively with. For legs, you will follow the exact same routine, doing a single-leg set, then a double-leg set, then a single leg set..."[/b] May god bless You and have a great time.
• Indonesia
25 Jun 09
are you a left handed or a right handed ? if you're a right handed, then it is reasonable if your right hand and foot are slightly larger than the left. because you are using it more than the left side. when you eat you're using right hand, when you write you're using right hand, or when you lift something you're using more power on your right hand, something like that..and that makes you muscles working too, it's more powerful than the left hand. try to realize it in every move or step you make, and you will notice if it is possible. but what if one of our boobs is smaller than the other ? lol that's what i still don't know why, although lots of doctors says it is normal..