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Puberty and height

The height of an individual starts to increase exponentially during the growth spurt that accompanies the teenage years.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 22, 2010 14:42 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala

The height of an individual starts to increase exponentially during the growth spurt that accompanies the teenage years. The secondary sexual characters too start appearing and the boy becomes a man and the girl becomes a lady. The transition lasts for a few years, the period popularly described as adolescence.In majority of cases, the girls mature earlier as compared to boys.

The age of menarche — the first period in girls is from 10-14 years. In boys, maturation process starts usually by 13-17 years. The transient stage usually lasts for three-four years. Height is determined by numerous other factors like genetics, nutritional status, chronic diseases, hormonal disturbances, tumours etc. Natural ways like swimming, skipping, cycling, and a healthy balanced diet help in gaining height.