Mean Height Around The World

According to the WHO growth reference standards, the expected average height of a population should be 163 cm for women and 176.5 cm for men. In fact, the global average height for women is only 159.5 cm and for men 171 cm. The data related to average heights vary largely between the countries. We will compare in this article the average height between continents and … Continue reading Mean Height Around The World

Overview on Growth or Epiphyseal Plates

The growth plate, or also known as epiphyseal plate or physis, is the area of growing tissue near the ends of our long bones. There are at least two growth plates on each end of the bones – for instance in the shoulder, elbows, wrists, vertebrae, pelvis, thighs, ankles, heels, fingers and toes.  The growth plates consist of cartilage, which is a rubbery, flexible material. … Continue reading Overview on Growth or Epiphyseal Plates

Correlation Between Height and Genetic Factors

The adult height of children is not in all cases directly correlated to the height of their parents. It is estimated that genetic factors affect 60-80% of the final adult height. Conversely, about 20-40% is determined by environmental factors (dietary, disease exposure, etc.). Studies with 8,798 pairs of adult Finnish twins, published in the Behavior Genetics Journal, have shown that genetic factors can determine the … Continue reading Correlation Between Height and Genetic Factors

Why do we want to be tall? – Advantage of being tall

Many people with a short stature aim to be tall. Some of them even take extreme measures, such as doing surgery to lengthen their bones despite many dangers and limitations in life. But what are the reasons why we wish to be a few inches taller and how much impact does height have on our personal life? Several studies have shown that a culture that … Continue reading Why do we want to be tall? – Advantage of being tall

How to measure a child's future height

Methods to Determine the Adult Height of Children

Parents often wonder how tall their child will get as an adult. In order to answer this question, several height expectation methods have been developed. In general, it is well known that height is influenced both by environmental factors as well as genetic factors. The environment factors affect adult height by about 20~40%, whereas genetic factors by 60~80%. These stats show that especially the genetics … Continue reading Methods to Determine the Adult Height of Children