Their height is based largely on genetics:
– tall parents tend to have tall children. However, environmental factors, such as diet, have an influence, too. The long bones of the legs determine its height. As they grow, the cartilage plates at the ends of the long bones create new bone, which makes the bones longer. By the end of puberty, the seal and growth stops bones. For girls, this is usually two years after the first menstruation. For children, the end of puberty can occur as late as 20 years.
Consult your doctor to determine if you have finished growing. If you are male, at 18 you can still be at puberty and have a few years of left growth. Through an x-ray to your doctor you can determine if the epiphyseal growth plates have sealed.
Eat a healthy diet of complex carbohydrates, fresh produce and lots of protein. The protein builds muscle and other tissues. Complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals the bones need to grow.
Eat enough calories to support the growth of bones. A young person of 18 years of age should consume between 1,800 and 3,200 calories per day, depending on the levels of gender, size and activity.
Consult your doctor about growth supplements, if your epiphyseal plates have not sealed. Your doctor can determine if growth and height are normal, and may be able to prescribe human growth hormone or other medications to stimulate growth.
Wear clothes height of improvement if your epiphyseal plates have sealed. Wear high-heeled shoes or lifts in your shoes to get physically taller, and wear vertical stripes or monochromatic clothing to fool the eye.
Do exercises that improve your posture. Pilates and yoga strengthen the muscles that support the spine. The correct posture makes you look taller.
Consider limb lengthening surgery if your epiphyseal plates have sealed. Surgery is usually used in people with certain forms of dwarfism to help them live more normal lives. The operation consists of breaking the bones of the thigh and the shin and installing separators to continuously pull the bones apart, which causes the body to produce new bone to fill the space. Limb-lengthening surgery is painful, and it takes several months to complete the process.