# Can anyone give me an answer on what height I'll be when I'm an adult?

I am a 13 year old female and at an average weight. I am 4'10 1/2 or 4'11. I also got my period a month after I turned 11. I get insecure because all my male friends tease me about my height. Even one of my friends, a girl, who is 5'7. It gets me upset. I really hate being small.. My mother is 5'0 and my dad is 5'10. My mom's side of the family is shorter, although, I am passing my mom's family so far. My grandma tells me I'm going to be about like 5'5 or 5'4 when I get older, but I highly doubt it. On my dad's side, his sister's are about 5'6 or something. Can anyone calculate my height for when I'm older? I know it changes, but what do you think my height will be? And when do girls stop growing? I've heard 14 or 18, but I believe you stop growing at 18.

For my dad's side, his sister's may be even taller than 5'6
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• No. There's no real way to predict it as there are far too many factors (heritable and environmental) that determine your ultimate height. You'll probably be around 5' to 5'6, but you could be the rare exception that ends up being over 6' (even though it isn't likely). All of my brothers and I are all taller than our dad.

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• This depends HEAVILY on exactly what "13 years old" means. Girls don't grow quite as much between 13 and 14 as they do between 11 and 12, or between 12 and 13 -- but, most girls still grow appreciably during that year.
Most girls are between 1.5" and 2" taller at 14yo than at 13yo. So, this is going to depend on whether you're actually 13.00000 years old, or whether you turn 14 tomorrow, or something in between.

Here are the upper ends of growth charts from the US CDC:
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I kinda want to make this an exercise in graph-reading. Yay! (: So, make sure YOU can read this off that graph. An "answer key" is below.
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Ok:

The graph has legends in both centimeters and inches, but the actual grid is denominated in centimeters.
Yr current height is between 149 and 150 cm.

• If you are EXACTLY 13 YEARS OLD -- like, it's yr 13th birthday TODAY -- then find the intersection of yr age and "13".
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Follow between those 2 curves until adult height (to the right). In that case you'll probably end up at about 5'2" as a grown woman.

• If you are 13 years and 364 days old -- like, it's yr 14th birthday tomorrow -- then find the intersection of yr age and "14".
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Again, follow the curves to the right -- in that case, you should end up more like 5'0".

If you are somewhere in the middle, then you'll probably end up somewhere in the middle.

Obviously, these charts are only averages -- you might grow earlier or later than other women -- but, they are pretty accurate in predicting the growth of MOST women, from what I've seen.

The best thing you can do, if you want to grow as tall as possible, is to make sure you have better sleep health overall, and make sure you're eating enough good, nutritious food.

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