A study has found that growing up with a taller frame is a positive influence on your height, and could help you achieve a higher height in adulthood.
Researchers at the University of Auckland found that people who grew up with taller parents had more height-related growth hormone levels, increased muscle mass and stronger bones, and more muscle tone.
“It’s clear that taller children have a better start in life, especially when it comes to height and muscle tone,” said lead researcher Dr Maria Marlborough.
“Children with taller mothers are more likely to grow up to be taller, and also develop muscles, and therefore higher strength.”
Our research also shows that children with a greater body mass index are more physically active, healthier and live longer.
“Dr Marlboro’s team found that parents who grew taller also had healthier babies.”
They have lower blood pressure, less obesity and are more active in the early years, and their children are taller,” she said.”
This may be because children who grow up with bigger mothers have more muscle mass.
“So a larger child may have a greater capacity to develop muscle, but also to produce insulin, which regulates the metabolism.”
The research was published in the British Journal of Nutrition and was based on a national survey of 7,000 children and teenagers in Auckland.
In the study, the researchers asked about their height, weight and exercise history.
The parents with the longest height were more likely than those with shorter height to report that their children had gained weight.
The researchers also collected information about how the children were physically active.
Children who grew older had greater levels of muscle mass, stronger bones and increased muscle tone, but they also had more growth hormone and increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
The study also showed that children who were taller and heavier had a higher BMI, which was related to how well their children were able to absorb nutrients in their diet.
“We don’t know whether height is related to the growth of bone,” Dr Marlbrook said.
“However, the increased bone mass and strength that children have is related with increased growth hormone.”
And we also know that children from taller mothers have bigger babies, so it is possible that these factors may be responsible for the increased height that children in the longer term have.
“Dr Mancini said that while it was a good thing to be born with a bigger body, she was concerned that it was also important to have the right genes and exercise to support that growth.”
As we age, we’re starting to lose the muscle mass that was there when we were born, and this is probably going to affect the bones and muscles, which is going to cause the problems in height,” she added.”
The more muscles there are, the more risk you’re putting yourself at risk for osteoporosis.
“A number of studies have shown that growing older increases the risk of developing osteoporsis, which can lead to bone loss and fractures.
Dr Marcina said the research could help families and doctors decide if it was in their best interest to increase the height of their children.”
If you have children who have bigger heads and bigger bodies, maybe they have to take some extra weight on their shoulders, which they shouldn’t have to do,” she advised.”
There are some children who are taller than average and can’t really stand up, so maybe it is worth doing extra weight-bearing exercises.
“For people who are shorter than average, we could also consider going down to the local gym, or doing yoga, or walking at least 50 metres to get some strength up.”
Dr Maria Marbanci and Dr Maria Mancucci from the University’s School of Clinical Nutrition and Exercise Science.