Is There A Way To Figure Out How Tall You Will Be?

Published: September 18, 2013
Dear Is There A Way To Figure Out How Tall You Will Be?,
Is there a way to figure out how tall I will be?

Dear Is There A Way To Figure Out How Tall You Will Be?,

What determines height?

Your final height depends on several things:

  • Height and growth patterns
  • When you reached puberty
  • The presence of any chronic illnesses
  • Nutrition

Can I estimate how tall I will be?

There are two ways to estimate how tall you will be:

  • Your pediatrician tracks your height at every visit. One way to estimate what your height will be is to review your growth chart with your doctor.
  • There is also a formula you can use:
    • For girls: Subtract five inches from your father’s height, then add your mother’s height, and then divide that total by 2.
    • For boys: Add five inches to your mother’s height, then add your father’s height, and then divide that total by 2.

Can I do anything to make myself taller?

The best way to grow as tall as you possibly can is to stay as healthy as possible – that means eating in a healthy way, getting plenty of rest and exercising regularly.

Stay away from products that promise to make you taller. Many of these products are regulated, so you don’t always know what’s in them. And the fact is that your height is mostly determined by genetics, so the various powders, drinks and pills marketed to increase height are not going to change things. If anything, they could be harmful for your overall health.

What can I do if I’m worried about my height or how fast I’m growing?

If you have any concerns about your height or how fast you seem to be growing, then speak about it with your doctor. In some cases it is advisable for a child or teen to meet with a pediatric endocrinologist for an evaluation – especially if you are growing less than 5 centimeters a year.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.