The height that a child grows to as an adult is influenced by a number of factors, such as genetics (their parents height), sex (are they male or female), and overall health and nutrition. It is believed that genetics accounts for 70% of the adult height, while 30% comes from environmental factors, such as health, nutrition and exercise.
Although there is no way to predict the future to see how tall a child will become, the following height calculators can be used to give you some idea.
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Simple and Easy (but inaccurate?)
There are a couple of simple methods used to estimate a child's height potential that are commonly used but less scientific and less accurate than the formula listed below.
- Estimate adult height by adding the parents' heights together, then dividing this by two, then adding three inches (7.6 cm) for a boy or subtracting three for a girl.
- Estimate your child's height when they reach adulthood, by taking their height at age 2 and doubling it.
- Using growth charts (see height and weight growth charts)
- Based on secondary sex characteristics: Onat method (1)
- Based on menstrual age: Tanner method (2)
- Based on anthropometry and mid-parent stature:
- Modified Roche-Wainer-Thissen method (3)
- Khamis-Roche method (4). based on a child’s gender, height, and weight and the height of both parents.
- Based on anthropometry: Lauren method (5)
- Based on bone age: An estimate of a child's height as an adult can be made by measuring the child's bone age (using x-ray) and chronological age. This is a common method used by pediatricians and endocrinologists. This method utilizes the work done by Greulich and Pyle in "Radiographic Atlas of Skeletal Development of the Hand and Wrist".
- Bayley-Pinneau method (6)
- Roche-Wainer-Thissen method (7)
- Tanner-Whitehouse method (8)
- Tanner-Healy method (9)
- Onat T. Prediction of adult height of girls based on the percentage of adult height at onset of secondary sexual characteristics, at chronological age, and skeletal age. Hum Biol 1975;47:117-30
- Tanner JM, Whitehouse RH, Marshall WA, Carter BS. Prediction of adult height, bone age, and occurrence of menarche, at ages 4 to 16 with allowance for midparent height. Arch Dis Child 1975;50: 14-26.
- Roche AF, Tyleshevski F, Rogers E. Non-invasive measurements of physical maturity in children. Res Q Exerc Sport 1983;54:364-71.
- Khamis HJ, Roche AF. Predicting adult stature without using skeletal age: the Khamis-Roche method. Pediatrics 1994;94:504-7.
- Lauren B. Sherar, Robert L. Mirwald, et al. Prediction of Adult Height Using Maturity-Based Cumulative Height Velocity Curves. The Journal of Pediatrics, Oct 1, 2005, Volume 147 (4).
- Bayley N, Pinneau SR. Tables for predicting adult height from skeletal age: revised for use with greulich-Pyle hand standards. J Pediatr 1952;40: 423-41.
- Roche AF, Wainer H, Thissen D. The RWT method for the prediction of adult stature. Pediatrics 1975;56:1026-33.
- Tanner JM, Whitehouse RH, Cameron N, Marshall WA, Healy MJR, Goldstein H. Assessment of skeletal maturity and prediction of adult height. 2nd edition. New York: Academic Press; 1983.
- Tanner JM, Healy MJR, Goldstein H, Cameron N. Assessment of skeletal maturity and prediction of adult height (TW2 Method). 3rd edition. London: Saunders; 2001.
Credit: thanks to Mohamad Motevalli for providing the majority of this information.
- Measuring height, standing height and baby length
- Knee height can be used to estimate body height
- Height and weight growth charts
- Measuring peak height velocity
- Height / weight tables
- Ideal weight calculations
- Anthropometric Charts
- Other body size tests