Do children tend to be about the same height as their parents or at least inherit the height of one of them? That’s a question many of us might have asked ourselves throughout our lifetime. The typical question every time one goes to the doctor as a child is “how tall are you?” Height has always played a major role in ones life as it did in school for example. Remember the taller students usually had to stand in the back of the class picture and the shorter students in the front row.
The truth is, though parents’ genes influence the height of a child tremendously, the height outcome of children in many families vary. Other environmental factors like nutrition play a huge role on the resulting height of a child along with the genes inherited as mentioned in the New York Times article. However, though results vary from family to family, doctors today use a formula to calculate the height outcome of most children as adults. Yet, the formulas for boys and girls differ.
However, say there is a family of two parents and three children of the same sex, though all three children have the same parents and the same sex it does not necessarily mean they will have the same height. I was really amused about the fact that younger children in a family tend to be shorter and grow slower. This article reminded me how important it is for us to do our best at acquiring a solid nutrition. It is so important for us to realize how much environmental factors influence our life and how they have influenced our genes!