My Son Wants to Grow Taller - What Can I Tell Him?
My son is 16 and about 5 feet, 7 inches tall. He keeps asking if there's anything
he can do to become taller. – Circe
Taking care of himself — eating well, exercising regularly, and getting plenty
of rest — is the best way to help his body reach its natural potential. But
assuming his diet is normal and he has no medical problems, there's no magic pill
or formula or nutritional supplement for increasing height. In fact, his genes are
the major determinant of how tall he'll be.
Most boys finish growing by about age 16. But each person is a little different,
so everyone starts and goes through puberty on his or her body's own schedule. Those
who start a little later than their friends will usually continue to grow a little
If you're concerned about your son's growth, talk with his doctor.