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Old 12-02-2018, 11:04 AM
Location: Indiana
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Hi. I am a 17 year old girl and I am 5'0. According to the doctors, I haven't grown since I was 13. Last year, one of my doctors had shown me a paper that they printed off when I was 13 that showed what height I was expected to grow to at each age. According to the paper, I am supposed to be 5'6 right now, but due to my pickiness from when I was younger ( not wanting vegetables or a wide variety of different meats except for chicken), I have not grown. Is there a way I can grow anymore somehow? I really want to fulfill the height I am supposed to be, because if I don't, I will feel as if I failed.

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Old 12-02-2018, 11:30 AM
Location: Texas
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Britney, unless you are very malnourished (and being a picky eater is unlikely to lead to that), it has nothing to do with your height. The estimate for height is just that: an estimate based on averages of thousands of people – people who do not have your particular genetic makeup.

The height you will achieve (and it's not an "achievement" like acing a test) is largely determined by your genetics.

You cannot "fail" at this. It just is what is. There is nothing you can do except eating well, exercising, and living the best life you can. It does not determine your height. There is no product or particular activity that will increase your height.

Rather than here in a state forum, this question is more suited to the general forum on Health and Wellness. I will request that your post be moved there.

For your safety and security, I would also suggest that you ask to have your user name changed if you are using your real name.

Good luck. You may still grow, but you are not a failure if you get no taller or hit the mark the doctor estimated.

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Old 12-02-2018, 01:20 PM
Location: Southern California
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At your age you could grow a tad more taller. Hope you are getting good nutrition..if your genetics are of short stature people, then that's what we can expect too.

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Old 12-02-2018, 02:33 PM
Location: Central IL
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To know for sure, you'll have to find out if your growth plates have closed (epiphyseal plates) - so you'd need several specific x-rays and someone to read them for you.

I'd say that since it's been so long, and you're a female that the odds are low you'll ever grow more than maybe an inch at the outside.
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:20 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...
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OP it's all in the genetics, something you have no control over. My wife, who is way older than you, is 5 foot tall, her brothers are all 6 feet tall. Somewhere in her lineage there were short relatives. You can't change mother nature. There is a possibility that you may get a spurt of growth in a few years, but highly unlikely. Live to the max with what you have and enjoy it.
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:06 PM
Location: So Ca
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Most girls reach their full height within two years after their first period.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:09 PM
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Location: Here and now.
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There's nothing wrong with being short. Honest.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:11 PM
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Probably not much more.

Leg-extension surgery is an option..........or just accept being short.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:54 PM
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That was just an estimate, and one that was off. When my son was born, his pediatrician had a little formula where you added both parents' heights, added something else, divided by whatever, and it was "supposed" to give a pretty accurate prediction of your child's height, adjusted for gender, of course. We ended up with a 6'3 adult instead of the 5'11" he was predicted to be. That's a pretty significant difference. You just had the opposite outcome - a guess, based on statistics, that turned out to be wrong in your particular case.

The only issue with being shorter is sometimes you may find people don't take you as seriously, so make sure you speak in a matter-of-fact, confident voice and not a high, tentative one that makes you sound "childish."
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:04 PM
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Being short is also annoying when the crackers you want to buy are on the top shelf. I have no problem with stopping someone taller and asking them to get them for me. Done right, it's a good way to meet people!
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