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  • #16
    My Grandmama is 5' and my Mama is 5'1'', I got all the way to 5'2'', I'm hoping my daughters can gain 2 inches on me, but I'm thankful for what I got. If you've broke anything recently your x-rays would show if your growth plates have closed or not, if they're closed your body is what it is. In theory the adrenal gland could be manipulated to increase growth, but only if "you still got growth in ya."
    "It is not what you are that holds you back, it is what you think you're not."
    Denis Waitley

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    • #17
      My dad is a prime example of nutrition and height. The men of his father's generation were 6'+. He's 5'8". He was born at the tail end of the depression. His younger brothers are stair steps up from him back to the 6'+ range. My mom and her whole family were pretty short. She was 5'3" (born the same year as my dad) and was regarded as pretty tall for the women of her family. Her mom was 5'5" and was regarded as downright statuesque. I'm their daughter and I'm 5'8". I have tall genes on his side but if you look just at him, you'd be shocked he had such a tall daughter. He was malnourished. When I stood around that generation of my family, I looked like a freaking giant. I say "stood" because they're almost all gone now. Too may heart attacks and cancer.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by climbergirl View Post
        I'm in the same boat... technically 5' 0.5" but I cheat and say i'm 5' 1" lol. I've learned to live with being petite though :P
        I'm 6-1, my sons are 6-2 and 6-3 and we're completely dominated by my smallish DiL. She's right at your size and rather than learning to live with being petite, she's learned to live with a nickname, 'the Child'. (She cheats her size up to 5'-1", too!)
        Retirement has afforded me the ultimate affluence, that of free time (Sahlins/Wells)

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        • #19
          Originally posted by NorthernMonkeyGirl View Post
          I think there's a lot to be said for "increased height" being down to better posture and decompression of the spine. That might get you half an inch??
          Otherwise, pass.
          +1

          After buying Esther Gokhale's "8 steps to a pain-free back" and utilizing some of her tips, I had quite a few people comment on how I looked taller. Also, I'm 6'3", so for people to say I look taller, there had to be a noticeable difference.

          Book Link:
          Amazon.com: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot (Remember When It Didn't Hurt) (9780979303609): Esther Gokhale, Susan Adams: Books

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Balance View Post
            But, I do think if your parents are somewhat malnourished and you are well nourished you can get to be taller than them.
            Interesting, although I'm still confounded as to why my brother is so much taller than either of my parents, because he has a pretty crappy diet. He's 5'11" or so, my mom is 5'1" and my dad is probably 5'6" at the very most.
            Guess it's just something that happens for no obvious reason, haha.

            I've never minded being short, it's no big deal imo. I only remember that I'm short when I have to get something off of high shelves, LOL.

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            • #21
              This phenomenon of "regression toward the mean" with regard to height in parents and offspring was first documented and explained by Sir Francis Galton (mathematician/statistician) in 1886. You can read about this statistical concept on Wiki Regression toward the mean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
              Everything in moderation, including moderation.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by MariaNYC View Post
                This phenomenon of "regression toward the mean" with regard to height in parents and offspring was first documented and explained by Sir Francis Galton (mathematician/statistician) in 1886. You can read about this statistical concept on Wiki Regression toward the mean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                Thanks, thats a pretty interesting read.
                "It is not what you are that holds you back, it is what you think you're not."
                Denis Waitley

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Max[imilian] View Post
                  +1

                  After buying Esther Gokhale's "8 steps to a pain-free back" and utilizing some of her tips, I had quite a few people comment on how I looked taller. Also, I'm 6'3", so for people to say I look taller, there had to be a noticeable difference.

                  Book Link:
                  Amazon.com: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot (Remember When It Didn't Hurt) (9780979303609): Esther Gokhale, Susan Adams: Books
                  I also have been trying to correct my posture as it is bad. Hot yoga membership and going to go 6 times a week along with nutrition and good workout plan. See if I can naturally boost my GH and get some type of results.

                  Even if I don't get much taller, still getting healthier.

                  Again, thanks for the posts~!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by MariaNYC View Post
                    This phenomenon of "regression toward the mean" with regard to height in parents and offspring was first documented and explained by Sir Francis Galton (mathematician/statistician) in 1886. You can read about this statistical concept on Wiki Regression toward the mean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                    Interesting...

                    My dad was 6', my mom was 4'11.5" (lol), and I am around 5'7". It's interesting though because height is just one measure of 'size'. I have a pretty good wingspan for my height, and I can eat more food than anybody I've known in my entire life. Genes are interesting...

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                    • #25
                      Ladies: I'm barely 5'0"... on a good day. Exact same height as my mama. (Daddy was 6'2"!) I have also learned to live with being petite and don't mind it at all (well, it's all I've ever known/I was always the first in line in kindergarten when they lined you up according to height). But if you would like the appearance of being taller and longer, I highly recommend barre3 classes.

                      Barre3 Fitness | Barre Fitness Studio | Barre3
                      "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                      • #26
                        I disagree with all this spine lengthening. If you want a longass midsection, be my guest. The true advantages of being bigger are longer arms & legs. You have longer levers to do things. Having a really long spine does nothing for you. In fact, it looks weird and is probably not healthy.

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                        • #27
                          Our spines are actually really compressed from all the unnatural/unhealthy sitting we do. Also, with the type of exercise I'm talking about above, you also begin to hold your chest, shoulders, neck, and head differently.... in addition to opening the hips up. I was walking noticeably different after just one class. It's a common comment.
                          "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                          • #28
                            I always feel slightly taller for next couple of days after a massage - I really think I'm a little hunched over in the neck and shoulders so much of the time because of tight muscles and spending too much time at the computer. I should measure and see if there's a subtle difference.

                            Tiger Lilly, rock on with your petite self. My mom is 5'1" and so I always wanted to be shorter. I'm 5'10 and my dad was 6'8"!
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                            • #29
                              I don't mind being at a petite 5'4", but it's extremely annoying when I go shopping for clothes because I am really limited to the pants that I can buy. Since I have a shorter leg to torso ratio, a regular pair of pants is usually too long for me. On the other hand, it makes snatching at the gym a lot easier than for most
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                              • #30
                                My mom is 5'6, my dad is 5'9. My older brother is only 5'8, but we think his height may have compromised because he had an undiagnosed parasitic issue (giardia) through most of his teen years. I'm 5'7, pretty good for a girl, and my younger brother is 6' (which kills my big brother!)

                                After reading Weston A. Price, I've definitely noticed height differences in sibling sets. The second or third brother tends to be shorter than the oldest when there's not much of an age gap. When there is a considerable age gap, the younger siblings are often the same height or even taller than the oldest. My tall younger brother was a late surprise... mom had plenty of time to build her nutrient stores back up!

                                There's also strong evidence that nutrition in pregnancy has a big effect on future height... this article talks about the Hunger Winter during WWII (it's about halfway through) and the future height/health of kids whose mothers starved during pregnancy... really interesting. Learning From Inside the Womb: How babies acquire skills before birth

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