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Tall Stature (Definition)

Tall stature may be normal or can be a symptom of a genetic or endocrine disorder.

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Would you consider female with a height of 5'6" inches to be of a tall stature?

Would you consider female with a height of 5'6" inches to be of a tall stature?

Tall: No. The average female is 5 ft 4.5 inches. 5-6 is not much taller. I'd consider 5-10 or more tall for a woman. ...Read more

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What does having a tall stature mean?

Relative term: Most use the term tall stature when discussing the height of kids/adults in the top 10% of the population for their respective gender and age. Some limit the term to a narrower group in the top 5 or 3%. For example, a 6 foot 1 inch male adult would be included if the top 10% were uses but would need to be 6'2" to be in the top 5% or 6'3" to be a top 3%. ...Read more

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Reaching Your Optimal Height (Tip)

A properly nourished, healthy child should have normal height. ...See more

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Reaching Your Optimal Height (Tip)

Reaching Your Optimal Height

The pituitary releases growth hormone during exercise but it is not known to increase height. ...See more

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Can unusually long legs and large feet during childhood predict tall stature in adulthood?

Can unusually long legs and large feet during childhood predict tall stature in adulthood?

Yes, it is possible!: Typically long legs & large feet go with tall stature (like puppies with big paws) but not 100% of t he time. I do have a few patients with big feet who aren't tall. When the shoe size gets larger than 13, it becomes harder to find shoes in stores and you often have to search on-line & can be more expensive, hopefully they don't grow too large! ...Read more

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What are the signs of tall stature?

What are the signs of tall stature?

Pediatrician: Tall stature is defined when someone is at least at the 95% for age and gender on pediatric growth charts. A pediatrician plots annual growth points on growth charts. ...Read more

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Parenting a Child During Puberty (Tip)

Parenting a Child During Puberty

Early puberty can lead to early closure of growth plates and short stature. Get a bone age X-ray. ...See more

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