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Children's health

05th Jan 2022

This chart promises to work out your child’s future height pretty accurately

Trine Jensen-Burke

chart promises to work out your child's future height

Right now, your tot might be only little – but don’t you ever feel curious how tall they will actually grow up to be when they are not so little anymore?

Will they take after you? Your other half? Will your parents’ or siblings’ height influence how tall they will be?

Only time will tell, right?

Well – yes, to some extent. But did you know, there is a little trick you can use to rather accurately figure out how tall your child will be? It all comes down to a very specific mathematical equation, actually.

Curious as to how the heck that can work? Take a look:

For boys:

For boys, the formula combines the height of both parents, adds five inches (or 13 centimetres) and divides by two.

For girls:

For girls, it combines the height of the parents, subtracts five inches and divides by two.

But while the sum chart promises to be pretty accurate, it does come with a disclaimer.

“Obviously, not all children of the same parents, nor even those of the same sex, end up the same height. Adult height tends to decrease in younger siblings, and younger children may grow more slowly.

Other factors are involved in growing taller, most notably nutrition, but genetics is estimated to account for 60 percent to 80 percent of one’s final height.”

Well, we are still pretty intrigued to test it out, though, are you?