Will I grow 10 more centimeters?

Last updated on December 26, 2022



I have a question about my height. I am 16 years old and my height is 173-174 cm (5’8″). At the age of 13 and 14 I grew 10 cm (4 inches) per year, from 14 to 16 I only grew 8-10 cm (3-4) in 2 years. I wonder if I can grow 10 cm from 16 to 18 again.

My family is of mixed height. My grandfather is 190 cm (6’2″) but my father is 170 cm (6’7″). My tallest uncle is 183 cm (6′). Can I be as tall as my grandfather after my age? My brother reached 177 cm (6’9″), but we were not at the same growing age. When I was 13, I was taller than he was 13. Also, my legs are longer than my torso right now.

Thanks for answering my questions


You inherit your genes from your father and mother. Half of your father’s genes came from your grandfather, so only a quarter of those genes were passed down to you. In other words, how tall your grandfather and uncles are won’t be a factor in how tall you will be.

Based solely on your growth, you were in stage 3 of development between 13 and 14. You were in stage 4 between 15 and 16. This means that you are approaching stage 5 since the stages typically last about two years. A male barely grows in height near the end of stage 4 and by definition, all growth in height stops at stage 5. I would expect that you will only grow another centimeter if you haven’t already reached stage 5.


Thank you so much for the info!