When Will You Stop Growing?

Girls reach their full height when they are about 18 years old, but boys keep growing taller for a few more years.

There are two periods in your life when you grow very rapidly. The first period began right after you were born and lasted until you were about six months old.

when will you stop growing

The second period occurs when you reach your early teens. Girls grow faster than boys until they become teenagers, then boys catch up and grow faster and stronger.

Your head stops growing earlier than the rest of you. When you were a newborn baby, you looked as if you were almost all head. By the time you were 10, your head was nearly full size.

The bones of your arms and legs were short when you were a baby. When you reached the age of 9, your bones started to grow rapidly and will keep growing until you reach your full height.

Besides growing taller, your body changes in other ways. When a boy is about 13 years old, his voice begins to get deeper and he may begin to grow a beard. About the age of 13, a girl’s body begins to look and function like a woman’s.

Inside the bodies of both teenage girls and boys, important changes are taking place, changes that make it possible for boys and girls, when they are older, to become fathers and mothers.


  1. bfuller says

    I grew up on a farm in northern California, always ate great food, played lots of sports (football, tennis, wrestling, track), my brother is almost 6′ tall but I am only 5’1″. I want to share with all of you that you will be exactly as tall as you are going to be. All the clothes and shoes in my closet fit me and no one else. I have completed law school and have successfully practiced law for many years. The world is made of many people of many sizes. Please accept your height and yourself and keep your eyes on your goals. Never listen to anyone that says you are “too short” (heard that a million times), “too tall”, or anything else. Be who you are.

  2. Jane Jones says

    My brother never ate right. He started eating a lot of fish and veggies in his late teens and suddenly shot, almost eight inches. A friend who hadn’t seen him in a year did not recognize him.

  3. Jamie says

    I am 17 an i’m 6ft 2in, Size 11 shoes, I also have quite a large amount of hair on my body especially my legs and feet, I started growing rapidly by the time i was 13 where in 6 wks I grew 7 inches! from 5ft to 5ft 7in by the time I was 14 I was already 6ft and clearly one of the tallest people in my year. I am currently growing by about 0.5 inches to 1.5 inches a year. There is no shame in being tall or small it’s just depends on how your body works.

  4. Rebecca says

    As I am reading thru all these comments, I am thinking about my two teenage girls ages 15 and 13, both slightly taller than average, one is very thin and one is heavy. Yet the are the two most beautiful young woman I have ever seen. I have tried my best not to let them get hung up on their bodies and the outside people come in every shape and size. Tall, short, thin, fat, ugly and pretty. Just think of how plain the world would be if we were all the same size and shape. EMBRACE what makes you. You will be much happier if you stop worrying about the outside and help the inside grow, like your heart and mind.

  5. James says

    I am 18, male and havent grown in over a year, my brothers are 6ft2 , 6ft3, 6ft3 and 6ft5. I am currently at 5ft11 and have size 12 shoes! Dad is 6ft1 and mum 5ft8 Am i finished growing?

  6. veronica says

    Im 14 and im around 5’6-5’7 and im really worried that ill stop growing soon, i really want to reach 5’9. Do you think i will grow to be that height?

  7. RTZ says

    im 15 and only about 5ft 7, which is a bad thing since im a basketball player
    how tall can i get? maybe i will get taller because my arms are long (i can touch the highest part of my knees while standing and my wingspan is bigger than my height) and my legs are also pretty long too, i have a 6ft 1 cousin and my arms are a bit longer than his, but my legs and hands are just a bit smaller
    this year i grew about 6 inches, do you think i will keep growing?

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