Will I Grow Taller Than My Father or Grandfather?

Published: September 19, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hi, my name is Owen and I am 15 years old. My dad is 5'8 with a 30 inch inseam and my mom is 5'2 with a 29 inch inseam I think, I am 5'5 or 5'6 and I am pretty much a 32 inch inseam, my grandfather on my moms side was 5'11 with a 32 inch inseam but he was in between his mom and dad, i don't know how tall his dad was but will i possibly grow taller my dad or maybe my grandfather?
Signed: Will I Grow Taller Than My Father or Grandfather?

Dear Will I Grow Taller Than My Father or Grandfather?,

TeenHealthFX invites you to visit WedMD: How Tall Will I Be? This resource discusses height/growing.

In addition to genes, your height is determined by many factors, including:

  • Height and growth patterns, such as early or delayed growth of family members
  • When you reached puberty
  • Any chronic illnesses that you have
  • Nutrition 


The best way to determine your height is to review your growth chart with your pediatrician. He/she will track your height at your annual physical. TeenHealthFX invites you to ask your doctor about this topic during your next annual physical exam. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers. 

Signed: TeenHealthFX