If your very short or tall then you are most probably poked fun at and are christened with various nicknames. Apart from teasing, stature can be a matter of concern when it comes to your health. According to various researches, your height can have an impact on everything from risking your life to chronic diseases, to your income and apparent attractiveness.
Read on to know more interesting and fun facts about your height.
You Grow Fastest In Your First Year
Kids in their first year of age seem to grow quickly. Any parent can tell this who has to keep on buying new clothes every month. But, do you know how exactly your body grows? People tend to grow maximum and fastest as babies in their first year of life. Babies grow about 10 inches in height from birth to age one, Then, height began to increase somewhat steadily until you your adolescence period. It is stated that girls generally stop growing after two or three years they get their period. Some boys attain their adult height during their high school, while others continue to grow till their early twenties.
Have you ever noticed that your child has grown taller overnight? This is because of the human growth hormone that releases in high level during sleep. So, make sure that your child sleep peacefully throughout the night, this will help them grow in their full potential.
Height Changes All Day Long
Unlike your weight varies throughout the day, your height does too. You are tallest in the morning when you wake up and by the end of the day, you become one centimeter shorter. Doctors explain this phenomenon stating that the discs in our spinal cord get squashed from being upright all day. When you sleep, the spine decompresses giving us the lost stature. This is why you are taller in the morning than in your night time.
Height Genes Aren’t Everything
Genes is the determining factor of nearly 60 to 80 percent of your height, while the rest depends on environmental factors like nutrition. Lifestyle and eating habits are the most important contributing environmental factors to height. Help your child to grow properly with proper food, enough rest and physical activities. Ensuring their proper health growth and development, you should plan a well-balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and lean protein for your child. This will supply the required vitamins and minerals that play a vital role in growth.
Tall stature causes Cancer Risk
Studies suggest that tall stature can bring cancer risk. According to medical records, tallest women had a 37 percent more risk of getting cancer. There are more cells in the body of a tall person and this is the reason that might lead them to cancer.
However, before you get worried you should realize that the cancer risk is still quite small. Instead of trying to reduce the cancer risk factor, you should avoid smoking, drinking and maintain a healthy weight.
Being Tall is Good for your Heart
While being tall increases cancer risk, being can lead to heart diseases. According to studies, shorter people with height of 5 feet 3 inches have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than taller people.
Taller People Have More Chance To Make More Money
Several studies have projected that taller people not only hold high job profiles but also earn more money compared to their short counterparts. According to the classic study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, people make more money per year for each inch above average height. According to studies, height of a person affects how they observe themselves, called as self-esteem; and how others perceive them, called as social esteem. Both social and self-esteem of a person have great influence on his job performance, which in turn affect his career success.
Height is perceived as Hotness
According to several scientific studies, tall stature confers hotness in a person making them more attractive. This again comes as a blow to the short people. Short people apart from lacking self-confidence are also attributed to be less attractive. It is stated that people with short legs are perceived as less attractive compared to the people with slightly longer legs. But, remember, excessive long legs may result in less attractiveness. It is also noted that very short or longs legs may be an indication of genetics diseases, health issues, weak immune system that has a negative effect on environmental factors during the period of childhood and adolescence.
Your Body Starts Shrinking at Age 40
With age, you tend to grow short, but you may start shrinking early than you think. People from both the sexes may begin decreasing in stature as early as at age 40. You may lose half an inch in your height a decade. This occurs because our spine stars losing water that makes it compressed gradually. There are diseases like osteoporosis that weakens the bones further worsening the problem. However, you can possibly avoid height loss by correcting your posture. And this you can attain by practicing different types of exercises and yoga asanas.
You can Fake Looking Taller with fashion accessories
Along with correcting your posture and eating habits for a good height growth, you can also fake your tall stature with the help of different fashion accessories like high heels. With high-heeled sandals you can make your appearance look tall. Dressing coloured clothes specially black also aid in making you look taller than your actual height. However, you should avoid wearing sharp contrasts like black and white. Embellish your dressing with heels and accessories like belts and purses. Wearing tailored clothes is recommended as it will make you look tall and lean.