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LaughingReindeer93 posted:
Hi, I am 14 years old and I'm only 5'4". I'm really concerned about my height because everyone of my dad's kin is short, and so is he (5'5"). I have known that height mostly depends on DNA, so do you think that I have some chance to reach 5'6" or even 5'7", as my mom is 5'8" tall? I have also heard that girls can grow until 16 or 17, is this true?
cshyronia responded:
yes girls can grow til 18 boys 21. Im 5'2 stopped growing at 12. My dad was 6'1 and mom is 5'4 nothing wrong with being short.
Roy Benaroch, MD responded:
Girls stop growing at the end of puberty, usually within 6 months of their first menstrual period.

Your height at 5'4" is exactly what would be predicted from your parent's heights, and it's a perfectly respectable, normal height for a woman. You may want to ask yourself why you're so concerned about your height. Do you think your life would be very different in the long run if you were a few inches taller? Why? Perhaps there are things you can do to reach your goals, even at your current height.

Best of luck-

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