Being Short is a Bitch
Many children and their parents -- okay, their parents -- want to know how tall they will be as adults as indicated in this health story by the BBC. To assure narcissistic parents like me and my husband, Belgian and Canadian researchers even came up with a "simple" calculation, using a child's age, height, weight and leg length to determine how tall -- give or take two inches -- a child will be as an adult:
Also, according to the researchers, their prediction method could prove practically useful in sports. A problem in youth sports is that there is a bias toward kids who have already begun their adolescent growth spurt, study co-author Dr. Adam D. Baxter-Jones told Reuters Health.
But if, for example, a short adolescent boy is merely a late bloomer and destined to top six feet, then volleyball may indeed be his game.
No, my husband who is all of 5 feet and 7 inches tall and my 5-feet-2-inch-self did not expect to raise the next Michael Jordan. But as short and skinny bookworms who wanted our own son to escape his teenaged years unscathed, we hoped he would reach as close as possible to a respectable 5 feet 11 inches. Based on our own heights and our history of normal puberty, our pediatrician doubled our son's height at his 2-year checkup yesterday and determined he would be 5 feet 9 inches tall. While I was relieved he would at least be taller than both his parents, my normally open-minded husband let out an inappropriate, "Dammit!"
Okay. Soccer it is.