Genetics plays a major role in determining a person's adult height.
Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to predict the future for our children? Or at the very least take a little look at it to make sure they will be happy. However, one of the most magical elements of parenting is the sense of possibility for the future. We are living in an era where our children can be anything that they want to be. They can study freely and work towards the career of their dreams. They can travel the world and build a life in a country of their choice.
Have you ever closed your eyes and imagined what your child will look like when they are older? Wouldn't it be interesting to see what their frame would be like? To see their features and which elements of genetics have had a part to play. This formula is believed to predict your child's future height.
According to Mayo Clinic
"there is no proven way to predict a child's adult height. However, several formulas can provide a reasonable guess for child growth"
- Add together the height of the child's mother and father in inches
- Add five inches and divide by two to predict a boy's height
- Subtract five inches and divide by two to predict a girl's height
Mayo Clinic go on to say that genetics plays a major role in determining a person's adult height but
"it's also important to note that children grow at different rates. Some children begin their growth phases early, while others are late bloomers"
It is believed that this formula originated in the 70's and was resurrected in The New York Times in recent years.
Another popular equation for predicting a child's adult height is to double a boy's height when they are two years old and a girls height when she is eighteen months old.
Go on, grab a pen and a calculator - it's a bit of fun.