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How Do You Become Taller?

Updated on June 24, 2013

Becoming Tall: Early Years

The best way to influence height is to take care of the body during its early years. Before the age of 8, a child should be supplied with all of the vitamins and nutrients that he or she needs. In addition, there should be plenty of calcium in the diet. The health of a child within the younger years is going to be one of the biggest factors for whether or not the child will suffer from stunted growth.

Stunted growth will keep a child from reaching his or her genetically predetermined height during pubescent years. While this is generally unlikely in developed countries, it can and will occur. Even though height is usually predetermined, many believe that there are ways to trick the body into becoming a little bit taller. While these recommendations are not backed by medical studies, and nor do we recommend them, they are ways that many believe will enhance one's height. The question, "How do you become tall?" might be hard to answer with solid medical facts, but folklore seems to have many answers! If you seem to have had any luck with any method not mentioned here, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this entry.

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Becoming Tall: The Importance of Calcium in Pre-Teen Years

Calcium is the building block of bones; bones make up the skeletal system, the framework of the human and animal body. Without a skeleton, the body has no frame to follow. The health of the bones within the body helps to determine height. If the bones do not grow correctly early in life, the afflicted individual will likely be much shorter than they are intended to be. Calcium has a recommended dosage based on age. However, the daily requirement for calcium is not meant to be ingested in one sitting. Small amount of calcium should be ingested several times per day; this is because the body uses very small amounts at a time, and it will not store the calcium for later use. In order for the body to process and use calcium, Vitamin D must be included in the diet.


Improving Posture to Become Taller

Believe it or not, bad posture can shave several inches off of an individual's height, making him or her appear shorter. Bad posture will damage and deform the skeletal system over time, making it very difficult to fix posture without medical devices and surgery. A good posture must be adopted during the earlier years and maintained throughout adulthood to prevent a slouched posture. If one has assumed a bad posture for several years, it may be very difficult and uncomfortable to adjust it; but it can be done within time. The body must be accustomed to the new changes over time.

Fixing Your Posture For Height

Using Shoes to Influence Height

With the right pair of shoes, an individual can gain anywhere from 1" to 4" or more of height. This is easily achieved by women, as they have access to high heels and platform shoes. For men, this can be a bit trickier. There are shoes on the market that add height secretly, allowing men to gain a little bit of height without it being obvious that the shoes are to thank. For men who are interested in vintage fashion, platform shoes are considered acceptable; resulting in a win-win situation.

Going to Extremes: Using Surgery to Become Taller

Believe it or not, there are surgeries that help people to become taller. The most common surgery involves fracturing the femur. Metal pins and plates are inserted into the leg, and the bone begins to heal over the fracture. As more fractures are made, the bone continues to heal over the breaks. Over a long period of time, some individuals can gain just a few inches of height; but it cannot possibly be worth all of the pain.


Hair Adds Height

If all else fails, everyone can always turn to their hair to add a few inches. One inch is generally acceptable; this is much less noticeable than "big hair", and it does not seem obvious. However, big hair can add serious height if one loves the attention that it will grab. There are hundreds of hairstyles out there for virtually any texture, length, color, and thickness of hair.


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      Mark Johann 4 years ago from Italy

      This is a piece of information for those who want to be that height. I heard about new tricks today for adults to grow taller? Is that true?

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      angryelf 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Hahaha my mother and all three of us kids are shorter, of course my one brother is taller. I come in at a WHOLE, WHOPPING, UNBELIEVEABLE.... 5'2". Hahaha, at 22 I know I'm not growing anymore but I love being short!!!!! I think this is more of a concern for guys, which I can honestly say myself is partially true. I love a taller guy; as a matter of fact, the taller the better! Even if it's considered "freakishly" tall, still love it haha. I cannot find much interest when someone is only 0-4 inches taller than me.... It feels sort of like a masculine trait that I need; I love a tall chunky and slightly muscular build, rugged face, just all around a big & strong guy. I'm a short chunky butt, and I love it when I have someone who towers over me haha. I'm a bit of a roughneck girl, raised in the country, so it's just one of those things. Since you're from Texas, I'm guessing you know exactly what I mean ;)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I can understand if a person were especially short that it might be inconvenient to be short, but personally, I always wanted to be petite. My mother always wanted to be 6 feet tall and she kept wishing it on me, too. I didn't say anything to her because I knew she sincerely meant well about her wishes for me, but I secretly worried she would get her wish. Especially since I grew very fast for a few years and by 11 years old I was mistaken for being 18 years old often times -- not just because of height, but that was a big part of it. ;)

      As it happens I am of average height for a woman, but I still would have liked to be around 5'3" or so. I guess I should just be thankful I'm not 6 feet tall!

      In any case, when I want to be taller I just put on my 3" stilettos. Or if it's something more practical, I get a step stool or a step ladder. ;)

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      angryelf 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you very much! I thought it would be intriguing for all readers :)

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      Collin C. Anderson 4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Well done! Interesting topic, and I'll try to sit straighter!