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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?
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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.
 
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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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