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Too Tall, Too Short: Facts About Height And Growth

Hate being a tall girl or a short guy? Want to know when you’ll hit your growth spurt? Think you don't measure up? Get all the deets on growth in Kidzworld’s special about height, Too Tall, Too Short!


Even though men are generally taller than women, have you noticed a lot of the girls in your class are taller than the guys? That’s because puberty hits earlier for girls. Girls reach their growth peak between 11 and 12, but guys grow fastest between 13 and 14. Even though that’s when your body is growing its fastest, that doesn’t mean it stops once you pass 12 or 14. Girls and guys can keep growing well into their late teens.


Blame The Parents

What affects height? Is it nutrition? Exercise? Sure, food and physical activity are important factors that determine your height, but a lot goes back to heredity. That means if your parents are short, odds are you aren’t going to be the next Shaq. Still, malnutrition can stunt your growth, so make sure you keep chowing down on chard! Sleep is also important. If you don’t snag enough shut eye, you might not reach your full height potential. Your body does its most growing at night, so if you want to add some inches, start counting those sheep.


What Is Heightism?

In America, the average height of an adult man is 5’9” and the average woman is 5’4”. Even so, lots of men and women feel pressure to be taller and face discrimination because of their height. Traditionally, husbands have been taller than their wives, but today there are more and more couples with the man shorter than the woman. Girls are also feeling pressure to be taller. Very few woman can meet the tall standard set by the Amazonian models that walk the runways, but the average woman still feels the need to strap on some heels thanks to the influence of the fashion world.


I’m Too Short/Too Tall!

Do you think you’re too short for the girl you like to notice you? Do you worry your legs aren’t long enough to look like the model in the magazine? Throw away that negative thinking and embrace what you’ve got. If you think you’re too short or too tall it’s time to own your height. Besides, some girls are really into short guys. And a lot of guys love looking up to a tall girl. People come in all shapes and sizes and different people are attracted to different physical attributes. Own your height and project confidence—you can’t go wrong.


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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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"Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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SatanslilDemon
Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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