Maximum Potential Height

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Everyone has a maximum potential height (MPT). At birth, your MPT has mostly already been set, or predetermined. However, as this article explains, an average male can gain 3.5 inches with the correct factors in place througout their life. For clarification we have ignored unnatural influences in this article, as they are irrelavent for the majority of people, they are also not recommended as they carry significant health risks.

Your maximum potential height is determined by your genetics and environmental factors. Both of these will have an impact on your final height. Unfortunately up to 95% of our final height is based upon our genes, and therefore totally out of our control. Our genes have control over many of our life outcomes and our height is no exception. However don't forget that even though a small proportion of our height is governed by things that are more in our control (environmental factors) these factors can make a huge difference.

MPT = g (genetic factors) + e (environmental factors)

Genetic Factors

Look at your parents. Are they tall or short? Your final height relies heavily on your parents, afterall your genes are taken directly from them. It is impossible to calculate your height from using your parents' height. I've seen a few online height calculators but the truth is that these are nonsense. Your parents height will only give you a basic guide, as even they may have experienced poor or good environmental factors in their life. When taking into account your parents height, don't measure them exactly, just take a rough estimate of their height. If they are both very small, it's unlikely you will be tall, although likely you can be taller than both of them if you experience positive environmental factors in your life. There is never a 50% mix of your parents genes. Your mum's height specific genes may have a stronger influence than your dad's.

Environmental Factors

There's only so much extra height you can gain from having all the right environmental factors in place, however that extra height can actually make a huge difference. Scientists believe that someone who has all the perfect environmental factors in their lifestyle, from birth, can increase their height by 5%. The average male can gain 9cm (3.5 inches) from maximizing environmental factors. There are a lot of people out there who would love to gain an extra 3.5 inches.

The average male can gain 9cm (3.5 inches) from maximizing environmental factors

So what are the environmental factors that influence your height?

Nutrition
Probably the most obvious factor. Most people know that a good diet increases a persons chances of maximizing their height gains, so if you want to know which foods are best checkout our pages on foods that can help you grow taller.

Sleep
Another obvious one. Getting the right amount of sleep can really help.

Exercise
Checkout our height increasing exercises section for more info.

Illness
Some illnesses, mostly infections will temporarily stunt your growth. 

Air quality
Pollution is a massive factor in our overall health. These harmful toxins that enter your body inihibit your normal functions, including bone development. Increasing bone length before your growth plates are fused will make you taller. 

Happiness
Research has proven that happiness is one of the most important factors that contributes to a healthy mind and body. Remember, the healthier you are, the better your body can carry out it's functions properly, including growing! 

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Alan's picture
Deprived children with an unhappy childhood are actually much smaller than their maximum potential height. So the theory that general happiness helps in growing is true. I have seen the evidence with my own eyes.
Nearbluehills Merrimacke's picture
I think I might be slightly malnourished from the lack of exercise and happiness (or lack of) in my teenage years at least for two years. I turned 18 years old this month I hope it isn't too late.
klajdi's picture
rough estimates F=179-80cm myself=178-9cm measured M=161cm potential height 167 to 187 lets say i could have gained 8-9 cm from maximizing enviromental factors but this is only 5 percent possibility 95 is controlled by genetics I think my height has been mostly influenced by genetics enviromental factors did not have such a big influence i have followed an optimal diet and excercise during puberty not perfect though

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