How to Grow Taller
A Complete Guide For Increasing Height
How to grow taller resource page is a
collaborative effort to answer many of the questions that people ask
regarding human height. We have tried to explain the factors that
determine height and human growth. We occasionally receive questions
as to what can be done to stimulate growth within our body. People
are anxious to find out ways to grow taller and increase height. We
have compiled a list of FAQ's about height in this How to Grow
biggest concern many people have is the possibility to get taller
after puberty. Men can certainly wear WalkTall Shoes for an instant
height increase. However, there are some other fashion techniques,
if followed correctly, can also help people look taller.
We have tried to
answer these questions to the best of our ability; however, we
encourage you to feed us with your comments and suggestions to make
this page a well researched web source for understanding the science
behind human growth.
Frequently Asked Questions on How we Grow Taller
What are the factors that
determine a person’s
Height is determined by a
complex combination of genetics and environment.
The basic rule of the thumb formula for human height may be
(Genetics + Hormones + Nutrition) - Stress
When do we stop growing
We have been genetically
programmed to stop growing after the completion of puberty. At this
point the complex interplay of genes, nutrients, and
hormones reaches its climax. Once our genes have orchestrated
the growth and development of the body to the point that it can
reproduce, the purpose for growth is complete. This usually happens
at the average age of 16 years for girls and 18 years for boys.
Can I grow taller after
There is very little
evidence to suggest that people can grow taller after puberty.
Humans usually grow faster as infants and toddlers. They also grow
significantly as growth spurts hit during puberty.
What are growth spurts?
Growth spurts is a term
used for a rapid increase in height and weight
which typically occurs during puberty.
In their teens, kids put on an amazing growth to reach their
final adult height. This phenomenal growth starts at the outside of
the body and works in. Hands and feet are the first to expand.
Needing new shoes is the first sign of experiencing growth spurts.
Next, arms and legs grow longer. Finally the spine grows. The very
last expansion is a broadening of the chest and shoulders in boys,
and a widening of the hips and pelvis in girls.
What kind of a diet can
help increase my height?
A nutritious diet that
includes fruits and vegetables, dairy, cereals, meat, and plenty of
water will aid the natural process for enhancing height.
Does sleep help human
Getting proper sleep is
vital for the growth hormones to perform its function effectively.
Not getting enough sleep can lower the amount of growth hormones
your body produces.
What are growth hormones?
Human growth hormone (HGH)
is a substance released by a pea like structure deep inside the
brain just behind the eyes. This substance is mostly released during
the first couple of hours of sleep and after exercise. Its function
is to stimulate growth in human body up until the end of puberty.
Can the intake of growth
hormones (HGH) make me grow taller?
The intake of growth
hormones can work only during the formative years. The excessive
intake of hormones through artificial means may cause abnormal and
disproportionate growth. The term (HGH) has often been used and
abused by many fraudulent marketers to make outrageous claims of
stimulating growth. The fact is that the sale of growth hormone
treatment is highly regulated and can only be prescribed by
specialists. To learn more about growth hormone treatment options
please visit the following wikipedia article:
Wikipedia: Growth Hormone Treatment
Are there any medications
that can help me gain height after puberty?
There is no medication
that can make you enhance height after puberty. There are many
products in the market today that claim to increase height of
adults, but they are all scams without sufficient scientific
Can stretching exercises
help me gain height?
Some stretching exercises
can help increase the height enhancing process during puberty. After
puberty the stretching exercises can still help correct a person’s
posture. You’ll be surprised by how much of Height is hidden
behind your slouched back. You can, at any age, add an inch or two
of height by simply improving your posture. Follow the link below
for information on specific height enhancing exercises:
WalkTall: Height Exercises
Does proper breathing
influence human growth?
Proper and effective
breathing brings sufficient oxygen into your body to stimulate
growth. Only deep breathing is effective breathing. Shallow
breathing is ineffective and it stunts growth. For more info on deep
breathing exercise visit the link below:
WalkTall: Breathing Exercise
How can I gain height
through surgical procedure?
Cosmetic leg lengthening
procedure can be performed on people to gain a few extra inches of
height. This is a very complex, expensive
and painful surgery that requires long recovery times.
Some medical centers involve the patient with psychological
evaluation to ensure they will be able to endure the recovery, with
the necessary positive attitude. You can follow the wikipedia
article on leg lengthening procedure for more details:
Wikipedia: Leg Lengthening Treatments
Where can I get a list of
hospitals that perform leg lengthening procedures?
You can follow the link
below for a list of hospitals that perform cosmetic leg lengthening
Short Support: Leg Lengthening Hospitals
What’s the average height
of men and women?
Height is relative to
where a person lives. A person of average height in the Netherlands
might be considered tall in Japan. You can visit the link below for
the average heights of various nationalities:
WalkTall: Average Height
Is it true that the
present generation is taller than the previous one?
There seems to be a
correlation between economic growth and human height.
Asian populations were once thought to be inherently shorter; though
it now seems that the average height of China and other Asian
countries have improved significantly. The human growth responds to
better health care facilities and better nutritional diet. The
following chart will help you understand the increase in average
human height during the last 150 years:
What should be my ideal
weight with regards to my height?
According to the rule of
the thumb the ideal weight of Men can be calculated as under:
For the first 5 feet the weight should be 106 pounds. And for
each additional inch add 6 pounds.
The ideal weight of Women can be calculated as under:
For the first 5 feet the weight should be 100 pounds. And for
each additional inch add 5 pounds.
For a complete chart
please follow the link below:
WalkTall: Ideal Weight
Does body building stunt
There is no scientific
evidence available to prove that weight training may stunt human
growth. There are people like Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many more who started bodybuilding at
an early age and yet still were able to attain an above average
How to find the height of
my favorite celebrity?
You can visit the link below to find the height of many celebrities:
WalkTall: Celebrities Height Tool
Fashion ideas that can
make me look taller?
Looking Taller and
Slimmer is an art that can be mastered by following a few simple
fashion guidelines. The following quiz has been designed to help
kick start your fashion sense. Answer the True & False
questions for a guided tour of how to dress for a taller look:
WalkTall Quiz: How to Dress Taller
What is Heightism?
Heightism is a type of
discrimination based on human height. This refers to unfair
treatment because of a person's
short or tall stature. Short people are generally disadvantaged for
employment opportunities. For most women, the height of a man is a
major factor that makes him sexually attractive towards her.
Heightism is also cited as one of the underlying causes of the
Rwandan Genocide, in which approximately one million people were
killed. It is believed that one of the reasons that political power
was conferred to the minority Tutsis by the exiting Belgians was
because they were taller and therefore (in the eyes of the Belgians)
considered superior and more suited to governance. Short candidates
face disadvantage in politics too. Out of the 54 US presidential
elections only 13 have been won by the shorter candidate.
Do astronauts get taller
Since there is no (or
little) gravity in space the bones of the astronauts are less
squashed together. The astronauts, therefore, do gain a bit of
height due to this fact.
Shorter than average?
Want to look taller?
Channel 4 is producing a
new Documentary series about
cultural perceptions of beauty and image. They'd like to speak
to people from ethnic backgrounds where the populace is
traditionally of short stature and who are considering ways to
If this sounds like you – call Phil in confidence
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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