do they have a chance?

children.... - is height genetic?
Philippines
May 28, 2007 6:26am CST
do children from short parents still have a chance to grow tall? or is outside intervention a must?
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• United States
28 May 07
of course they do its all a matter of genes. for instance (and correct me if im wrong but I thought I remembered you not being from the united states) in the united states there in a show on tv called "Little People,Big World" and its about a family of "Little People" and they have children that are both little like them as well as normal size. They even have a set of twin boys that one is little and one is normal. I'm not sure if outside intervention is a MUST but of course like most other things its always an option.
• Philippines
28 May 07
you remembered right, i'm from the philippines where most people are considered short when compared to the americans. but i'm even shorter - 4'11" only and my hubby is, i think 5'4". but we're not bothered by it. in fact, we jokingly tell people, we're made just for each other. what we're worried about are our sons. i only hope they're what's called as late bloomers!
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• United States
28 May 07
I dont see why they wouldnt be I mean i think they would have as much chance as anyone :) besides not everyone have be Yao Ming lol
• Philippines
29 May 07
ha, ha! right!
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
28 May 07
Well, I think it depends really. Genetics is tricky, because you can inherite a reccessive short gene and a dominant tall gene, and be tall or even vice versa, get two reccessive tall genes from your parents and be tall. I'm sure there is a better chance for someone to be short, if both of thier parents are short, but I don't think it's an absolute truth. My husband is shorter than normal (about 5 foot 4 inches) I am average (5 foot 6 inches) our oldest son is quite large for his age, the doctor said if he continues growing at his expected rate, we can expect him to be about 6 foot, if not more. But, i have cousins who are well above 6 foot on both sides of my family! I must make note though, that being short is not a bad thing. FOr some reason in this society, being short has a negative connotation. If you ask me, I would much rather be short than tall. I don't think that being short calls for interenvention, even people who have dwarfism, it's not a handicap, it's just how God made them. People need to be more accepting of other people regardless of thier size, weight or any other differences! (:
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
28 May 07
by the way, I wasn't implying that you were unaccepting, I was talking about people in general. Just wanted to clarify! Have a great day! (:
• Philippines
28 May 07
that's okay. i'm short, only 4'11" but it never did bother me even when i wasgrowing up. but then again, it's different when you're a girl coz it's not a big issue when you're one. i'm mostly worried about my 2 boys (aged 9 and 10) who seems to have stopped growing since they were 7. they recently joined a dance group and they were put in the 7 and below age group because of their height. they're not complaining, though, but i know, time will come when they will - they might even question us about it.
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@latsmom (824)
28 May 07
I would say that they do have a chance. I myself come from a short mom and dad and am only 5 foot 2 but my sister and brother are a lot taller than me although younger. The same can be said for people with disabilities although there can be a higher chance of their children inheriting the disability they are also able to give birth to able bodied children also. It's just one of those things I'm afraid and also dependant on genes of family members that have lived way before we were even thought of.
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• Philippines
28 May 07
yeah, you have a point. i'm worried,though, of my 2 boys coz both i and my hubby are short and my 9 and 10 year old boys still have the height of a 7 year old. i nly hope they're late bloomers....
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
28 May 07
This struck me as really funny. Outside intervention? What? Are you going to put them on a rack and stretch them out? LOL. Just couldn't help it...
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
28 May 07
Genetics are going to play the major rule, but genes come from both sides of the family and not just from you and your husband. If there were taller people on either side of the family, they still might grow some more. And each child grows at his own rate...some earlier and some later. Perhaps they really are late bloomers.
• Philippines
29 May 07
ha, ha. come to think of it, the way i put it, it really does sound funny. but what i meant was, growth pills and herbs, etc. nywy, maybe it's just what you call the growth gap phase of childhood. i really do hope it's that!
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
30 May 07
I am really glad you have such a good outlook on the situation. I was quite sorry about my first post...thinking I had been frivolous about something important to you and not intending to be hurtful at all! I didn't know that you could use herbs or anything to try to help them out.
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
28 May 07
Children do not turn aout like their parents all the time.It is possible to grow tall even if your parents are short. My sister is quite short - noone else in the family are that short
• Philippines
29 May 07
oh, that's a relief! i really hope for the best!