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Your Amazing Body

– Judy Nutz Campanale, DC, ACP, FCSC (hon)

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It seems like kids in school are always lining up for
something. You line up for lunch. You line up to go
outside for recess. You line up basically to go
anywhere at all. When I was a kid there were only
two ways we lined up, either in alphabetical order
or by height, and the second was far more

I was the tallest girl in my class, and I was taller
than most of the boys throughout elementary
school, so as it were, I was always in the back of
the line. Maybe you are like me or maybe you are
the exact opposite. Maybe you are always in the
front of the line. Either way, you should know that
you are perfect just the way you are, although it
might not feel like it right now. In fact, most kids
wonder: “When will I get taller?” and “How tall am
I going to be.”

Here are a few things you should know: You
mostly grow little by little except for a couple of
‘spurts.’ Your first spurt happens as a baby in your
first year of life when you may grow 10 inches.
After that, your next spurt is during puberty (when
your body starts changing into what it will be as an
adult.) This results in a growth spurt for girls
between the age of 10 and 14, while boys can
continue to grow until around age of 16 and some
even a few years later.

How tall you are going to be is mostly
determined by your genes. That means your
parents set the maximum potential for your
height and you will likely not be taller than that.
One way to get a close estimate of your adult
height is to double the height you were at
two years (if you are a boy) or 18 months (if
you are a girl.)

Being your Beautiful Self!

The bottom line, though, is there are lots of
differences among people, some are tall and
some are short and lots are somewhere in
between. But all of them are perfectly OK.
For the most part, there’s not a whole lot you
can do about your height except wait and
see. In the meantime, you should do
everything you can to be your healthiest self,
including eating right, getting the proper
amount of sleep, exercising regularly, and of
course seeing your chiropractor regularly. If
you do all these things you will likely not only
reach your maximum height potential but
your maximum potential in every area of life.

Remember everyone grows differently and
the beauty is there is no one just like YOU.
You are amazing just the way you are. So
celebrate and have a great school year, no
matter where you stand in the lineup.

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