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Taller Than Mom and Dad - WSJ

Posted by @LeeAase, Dec 29, 2014

Adults’ height hasn’t changed much in recent years. Over the past century, the average height of U.S. men has risen between 1½ and 2 inches to 5 foot 10, and women’s height has increased about ½ to 1 inch to slightly over 5 foot 4, says Samuel Casella, chief of pediatric endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, N.H.

Children are reaching their adult height at younger ages, however, says Siobhan Pittock, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minn. She cites a gradual trend toward puberty starting a few months earlier, causing children to start their growth spurt earlier.

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