Can you grow taller after the age of 25?

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So, your approaching 25. I can see the thoughts going around in your head; "I haven't grown much, if at all, in the last few years... is this it? Is this my final height? No it can't be, i'm still not where I want to be! argh!". 

These are the thoughts that go round the heads of just about anyone of average height or less. Trust me, your one of many who face this predicament in their mid 20s. It's understandable simply for the reason that height is such an important factor of our life. The success of your career can depend on it, the chances of getting a girlfriend or boyfriend depend on it, and let's face it - you simply want to look good. The truth is, your mid 20s are the time in your life when all these things are starting to take shape.

So can you grow taller after the age of 25? To find the answer we need to consider two factors; (i) Can I grow, (ii) If I can grow, by how much?

Can you grow taller after 25

Yes you can, but the chances are extremely unlikely. Growth charts show that only 1 in 200 people will grow after the age of 25, therefore...

 

The chances of growing taller after the age of 25 are 0.5% (1 in 200)

 

How much can I grow taller after 25?

So if your lucky enough to be that 1 in 200 person, you want to know how much you will grow right? Again we can use growth charts to answer this questions. Databases of height collections show that if you grow after the age of 25, it will be by only 0.2% of your current height. So if your an average height male, your looking at 3mm (just a little more than 1 tenth of an inch). Your height fluctuates more than this when you go for a walk due to compression of the spine, so it's hardly worth anything.

This brings us to the obvious conclusion: Your not going to grow taller after the age of 25, so forget any hope!

Don't forget just because you can no longer grow taller, it does not mean you can't appear taller.

What are my options?

There are certain things you can do to appear taller. See our blog posts on appearing taller. The most common method is the use of heel lifts.

 

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Chris's picture
There are some exceptions and I am one of them. I grew up after the age of 27. I was 5.1 and now I am a 5.3.Do not lose your hopes.
Joe's picture
How did you do it? I would really like to be taller. Am 25 male and only 5'5".
Yves's picture
It is true, my grandmother's pool guard told me about he's tips that I can even grow taller at the age of 30 but I said that 25 is the last time but yes, there are hopes!

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