Men who are shorter than the average male are often stigmatized and told that they are genetically inferior to all other males.
Also when someone is lacking in height, they often have to overcome many more obstacles than people of average or above-average height such as having a comparatively poorer image, getting paid less than their taller counterparts, being ridiculed for their short stature, and being taken less seriously.
When the combination of these factors are considered, they resort to drastic measures such as in the original post, or by taking HGH, or finding some other way to cope.
One thing that I remembered was reading on a website about a guy in his mid-to-late 30' s who had alot going for him and he was interested in pursuing a relationship with another woman of the same age who was also successful. The problem was that HE was 5' 6" and SHE was 6' . Her heels made her look even taller. This had him feeling self-conscious and unsure about whether or not to go for it. But two things happened:
1) The woman that he liked asked him when he was going to ask her out.
2) A relationship expert told him to pursue a realtionship with that woman.
Unfortunately, I don' t know what happened afterwards.
On the other side of the spectrum, I was listening to the Howard Stern Show in 2004 when someone came in to interview Howard live on the show.
At one point, the interviewer asked Howard what Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf was like behind the scenes and how he took Hank' s death. Howard explained that Hank was a good guy and that they got along well. But the problem was that Hank was so angry and depressed about being so short that he wanted to kill himself by drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Sadly, he succeeded. Understandably, Howard was crushed and wished that he had done more to help Hank.