People consider height as one of the most important features a person can have. People often judge others by height. Most people consider being tall an advantage. When dating others, especially women, height is something that they take into consideration first. Truly, it is a trait deemed desirable by many. Because of how important height is, many people want to become taller.
In some industries, you will not secure employment if you are not tall. Take the example of fashion world. It is traditional to see almost only to tall models in this industry. If a lady is less than 5’8 she might not be accepted and men who are 5’11 or below will not have a chance. On the other hand, it’s not the same in the entertainment industry. For example, Kevin Hart’s height is about 5’4″, and it is said that he is short even though he is a giant in the world of entertainment.
Knowing that it’s an important trait, how can someone get taller? Does height fluctuate? If so, how much does your height fluctuate? Here are the answers to these questions.
How Can You Get Taller?
You might have noticed the sheer numbers of supplements and products that promise people that they can get taller by using them. Are they really effective? The answer depends on how old you are.
Height is defined mostly by genetics. Certain medications, medical conditions, sex, and health can also affect growth. People usually grow until they reach the near end of puberty. For boys, they stop getting taller by 16-18 years old. For girls, their height stops upon reaching 14-15 years old. They stop growing during these years as the growth plate closes. There are a few exceptions where a person would have a delayed closure of the growth plates.
So in general, if you are still developing, these products may help in some way. Otherwise, there are very little to no reason to believe that such products would help after the mentioned ages. However, there can be ways to look taller. Having a good posture and wearing platform shoes are some of the most common ways to look taller.
Does Height Fluctuate?
Despite not being able to grow taller after the teenage years, some people notice that they have different heights. The truth is that height can fluctuate. Like your weight, your height can also change day by day. Unlike weight, however, the changes are not so drastic. What causes these fluctuations? And how much does your height fluctuate?
During the early years, there is what is known as growth spurts, after that stage in life height fluctuates as you grow older. You don’t grow taller one day and get shorter the next day. Growth fluctuation during the teenage years is a steady increase in height. It’s natural for you to gain a few inches within months. However, this is not the same for adults.
As an adult, your height won’t increase anymore but it can slightly decrease due to some factors. This is what people call height fluctuation. We all have a maximum height that we can achieve.
Why Does Height Fluctuate and by How Much?
There are a couple of reasons why your height can fluctuate. One of which is gravity. Some people notice that they are the tallest after waking up. The reason for this is because when lying down, there is no gravity pulling your body down. Your spine will be straighter and you will be naturally taller. As you get up, gravity starts pulling your body down. Your bones become closer to each other giving you a shorter height. At six foot tall, you can lose at most 1.5 inches. It is the most length your height can fluctuate.
Aside from gravity, natural medical conditions can also make you shorter. However, the height decrease caused by these ailments is often unchanging. Skeletal and Bone diseases are some of the most common height-affecting illnesses. Medical conditions such as osteoporosis and scoliosis can both affect your height. Since genetics plays a role in determining your height, certain genetic disorders can also make you shorter.
Other than what’s mentioned, height fluctuation can be caused by human error. Sometimes, you may have used the measuring instrument incorrectly, causing different measurements.