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Late Growth Spurt?


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So I am 18 years old and a freshman at college and somehow I grew an entire inch this semester? I didn't know one could grow this late! I've been recovered from anorexia for a good 6 months now, after suffering from 14-17, crucial growing ages... could that be the reason? Everyone in my family is taller than me, even my little sister who is 6 years younger! Does this mean I might even grow a little more???? I'd love to grow just one more inch and make it to 5'4"!

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I think that it's completely normal to continue growing into young adulthood.

Here's what I found from kidshealth.org. Hope it helps!

"Some teens have constitutional growth delay. These teens grow at a normal rate when they are younger kids, but they lag behind and don't start their pubertal development and their growth spurt until after most of their peers. People who have constitutional growth delay are often referred to as "late bloomers." If a kid or teen appears to have constitutional growth delay, a doctor might take X-rays of bones and compare them with X-rays of what's considered average for that age. Teens with constitutional growth delay tend to have bones that look younger than what's expected for their age. These teens will have a late growth spurt and continue growing and developing until an older age. They usually catch up with their peers by the time they are young adults.

Not getting adequate amounts of protein, calories, and other nutrients in your diet can also cause growth to slow, as well as a number of other chronic medical conditions such as kidney, heart, lung, and intestinal diseases."

 

hey! i also grew an inch this year (first year of college). i was thinking it's pretty bizarre and funny...what 19 year old girl grows an inch? but i also suffered from anorexia in high school, so maybe that is the reason? however, i'm 5'8" now and wish i could go back an inch- you can have it! :)

<div>Original Post by butifulem:

hey! i also grew an inch this year (first year of college). i was thinking it's pretty bizarre and funny...what 19 year old girl grows an inch? but i also suffered from anorexia in high school, so maybe that is the reason? however, i'm 5'8" now and wish i could go back an inch- you can have it! :)

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YES PLEASE!

Regardless of affects of ED's, you can keep growing until you are 25 (your feet can actually keep growing after this!).  When I graduated high-school, I was about 5'2", I am now 5'4" approx and my shoe size has gone from 7.5/8 to 8.5/9.  I also suffered from Anorexia/Bulima from about 10-18, but still grew fairly "normal"  (in relation to most women in my family, I am average but with larger boobs and feet. Go figure! hahahaha)

Original Post by wakingeye:

Regardless of affects of ED's, you can keep growing until you are 25 (your feet can actually keep growing after this!).  When I graduated high-school, I was about 5'2", I am now 5'4" approx and my shoe size has gone from 7.5/8 to 8.5/9.  I also suffered from Anorexia/Bulima from about 10-18, but still grew fairly "normal"  (in relation to most women in my family, I am average but with larger boobs and feet. Go figure! hahahaha)

 Agreed. This is completely normal whether you have an ED or not. I was 5'1" at 12 years old, I was taller than most of my friends and I stopped there until I was 18, all of a sudden I grew again I am now 5'4.5" (yes the extra half inch counts hahahaha). But yes it is very possible. I am now 23 and my body is still changing shape from time to time. Most women stop growing (whether height or shape) at 25.

I'm 22 and I think I just grew an inch since high school lol...seriously...gotta update this on March 2 when I have a doctor's appointment

But I really, I did have a late growth spurt in high school, from 5' 2.5" to 5' 4" in one year. I had been the same height for years...

I was very active, had no eating disorders. It happens to all of us.

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