Predicting height from growth curves
|Height against age, Danish females.|
My eldest daughter said: I hope my height will improve to become 170cm (5'7'')
Let's have a look at growth curves. Growth accelerates several times during adolescence, so we can only guess. Above a growth curve for Danish females and a fair prediction she will become disappointed (by an inch). A predicted median height is 173cm (5'8'') calculated using the height of her mother and my own height ((father's height minus 13) + mothers height)/2.
More precise predictions can be made through combination of anthropometric measures.