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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.
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Taking care of himself — eating well, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest — is the best way for your son to help his body reach its natural potential. No pill, formula, or nutritional supplement can increase someone's height. Mostly, our genes determine how tall we will be.

Boys usually finish growing by about age 16. But each person is a little different, so everyone starts and goes through puberty on their body's own schedule. Those who start a little later than their friends will usually continue to grow a little later too.

If you're concerned about your son's growth, talk with his doctor.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: January 2021