# Does delayed puberty make you tall?

## Question:

I feel like my being a late bloomer or having delayed puberty is the only reason I ended up tall. I’m 6’4. Most of my family is short. The tallest one in my whole family is 5’11. Could it be possible that delayed puberty makes you tall? I read on the Internet that people with delayed puberty have shorter growth spurts, which I don’t think is true considering that I ended up tall.

Can you answer this?

Let’s say that the average boy grows nine inches during stage 3. During childhood, you grow about 1 to 2 inches per year. Thus, the average boy starts his growth spurt at age 12 at a height of around 4’11. Leaving him at 5’8″ at the end of stage 3. Boys grow an additional 1-3 inches in stage 4, which leaves him around 5’9 to 5’10.

Now, let’s take a boy who doesn’t start his growth spurt until age 16. He has had 4 more years of childhood growth, so he would be 5’7 at the start of his growth spurt. If he also added nine inches, he would be 6’4 at the end of stage 3. But let’s assume that because he started late, he only grows an additional seven inches because of the shorter time. He still ends up at 6’2. Then you add another 1-3 inches during stage 4 and he ends up being about 6’4.

Since the average male is 5’9, it sounds more like your family is of average or slightly above average height. You just happen to get the right combination to make you the tallest in your family.

## Question:

So are late bloomers’ growth spurts shorter? My family is pretty short my dad is 5”5. My mom is 5”3. The second tallest in my family is my older brother. He’s 5”11. I was an extremely late bloomer. I started gaining height when I was around 18. I think I was around 5”6 or 5”7 before I hit my growth spurt. I am pretty sure that my late puberty is the only reason I ended up tall. All my friends hit puberty at 12-14 and all of them are like 5”9-5”11.