Monday, April 14, 2008

How Tall Will Your Child Be?

I found this great article on how to calculate how tall your child will be as an adult. Looks like our daughter will be around 5'8''. An inch taller than her mommy. How neat is that! Check out the article below and see how tall your kids will be. Thanks for the interesting article.

The mean height in America is about 5' 9½" for men and 5' 4½" for women. Our genetic programming aims us at a point on the bell curve, and other factors create error or variability to either side of that prediction. Dad is 6' tall? Well he's close to the 90th percentile for adult men, meaning he's taller than about 90 percent of the population. A mere 2½ inches on either side of average encompasses 80 percent of the American adult male population. It is interesting how homogeneous we all are, when you think about it. Click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) growth curve charts.

What Parents Can Do

To calculate your son's genetic potential, take Mom's height plus 5 inches and add Dad's height. Now average the two. For example, if Dad is 5' 10" and Mom is 5' 3" you would take 5' 10" and 5' 3" plus 5" (or 5' 8") and divide that answer by two. The average of 5' 10" and 5' 8" is 5' 9". That is your son's genetic potential.


    (Mom's height + 5 inches) + Dad's height = Son's genetic growth potential
To calculate your daughter's genetic potential, take Dad's height minus 5 inches and add Mom's height. Now average the two. For example, if Dad is 6' and Mom is 5' 2" you would take 6' minus 5" (or 5' 7") plus 5' 2" and divide that answer in half. The average of 5' 7" and 5' 2" is 5' 4½ inches. This would be your daughter's genetic potential.

    (Dad's height - 5 inches) + Mom's height = Daughter's genetic growth potential
If the math is tripping you up in feet and inches, these calculations may be easier if you convert all the heights to inches first.

1 comment:

  1. That's very interesting. So why are my 3 older boys all different height's. By this since they have the same mother and father they should all be 6' each. Bryce is already 6'1" and Bradford is only 5'10" or so.


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