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Is It Possibe For Me To Still Grow?

Published: August 01, 2015
Dear TeenHealthFX,

Is it possible for me to still grow? I am aware of the many factors that affect height, but I am still hopeful that I can still grow a few inches. I am currently a 17 year old female who is 5'6 and weighs over 220 pounds. I'm really curious about my height. There are several articles that I have read online that hint stunted growth, but I would like other opinions as I have not been able to get a regular checkup this year. So, I am obviously way overweight with a Vitamin D deficiency and hormonal imbalance. I've read a few studies about lack of Vitamin D stunting growth in young girls as well as weight affecting height. There is also my hormonal imbalance. With the right diet, more exercise, and some stretching... Will I be able to grow more? Any opinions?


Dear Is It Possibe For Me To Still Grow?,

If you have been reading on this topic then you are aware that what your eventual was long ago coded in your DNA. By the time they reach 17 most adolescents have reached the end of the growth cycle. However, if you entered puberty late, then there might be a better chance of additional growth. But it wouldn’t be a significant amount. 

As you mentioned, you are due for a medical checkup. If you have a Vitamin D deficiency and a hormonal imbalance, it is important that you have regular contact with your doctor. When you are there talk to him/her about finding the right diet, what types of exercises you would benefit you and what would be a healthy weight. The most important thing is that you grow to love the person you are, not what you think you should be.

 

 

 

   

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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