Not all of us are born with the genes of proper height. If you too are short, you may have found yourself getting somewhat disappointed with your height. But you are not the only one who feels that way. We have too much not-so-tall and some quite short men and women who confess to going through this “I wish I was taller” syndrome every once in a while. After all, tallness is one trait which comes with many desirable advantages. But then again, even if you do not really have much of a reason to grow taller, being tall can bring about its positive qualities in your character. For example, being tall is often said to increase your confidence. On the simpler side of life, you do not have walk in those tiring high heeled shoes to look taller or don’t have to climb up that wobbly stool to reach up to the top shelves!
Studies have revealed that most of us stop growing in height after reaching our mid-twenties. So, if you have still not passed your mid-twenties chances are you can work up growth plates a little more to become taller. To state it more clearly, you could grow in your height by a few more inches. However, how tall can you grow in height will also depend on some factors to be discussed below.
There are many factors which play a significant role in determining how much you will grow in your height.
Heredity and genes play the most important role in determining your height. But having said that, there is no reason to conclude that a child will grow up to have short height if both his parents are short or they are of average height. Several genes influence height, and that is why it is said to be a polygenic trait. One stands fair chances of becoming tall if there are tall members in his family tree as he could have inherited the tall gene. While there is no surefire way to calculate what your potential for growing taller is, you can use a formula to estimate the height potential.
Several non-genetic factors are also responsible on how much tall you grow. These factors are interestingly determined by the environmental factors that directly affect the individual. Growing in height is usually seen as a healthy sign of growth, and if your increase in tallness is stunted abruptly, it could indicate the influence of unhealthy factors. One such cause could be exposure to tobacco smoke when the individual was in a fetal state in the mother’s womb. The quality of parental or postnatal care can also influence the height of a person. Besides, if illness struck an individual during childhood or puberty, it could also stunt one’s growth in height. Low birth weight is also often shown to be the reason behind a person’s unlikely shorter stature.
There are certain elements called growth inhibitors which can keep you from attaining your potential height. These are usually external factors and rather, some bad lifestyle practices which can be avoided to help your body growth to its maximum, inherent potential. Two such standard malpractices include drugging and alcohol abuse. Both drugs and alcohol are growth stunting factors which will drag you away from reaching your potential height. If you are into steroids at a young age, then be informed that this too can cause a block in the healthy growth of your height.