I aM a girl and i pretty much eat paleo but its not like im SUPER strict or anything because i dont let food control my life. Anyway, im healthy and all BUT im super short. Ive been 4'6 since about fourth grade and now im 14. Its terrible for me. I also havent hit puberty. Ive talked to a doctor with my family and shes running tests on me and says im healthy and doesnt know why im so short.my mom is 5'3 and dad is 5'9 amd gramdma is 4'11. Am i just gonna be like my grandma??? Shouldnt i be like my mom??? What can i eat/do to help me grow. I am very fit. For a few months i even had a 6 pack (but i think it was unhealthy so im eating more fat now). Sorry long question and lots of mini questions inside. O and i should add im not underweight but mostly all my weight is muscle even though im female.
Rose good for you for being so on top of things at your age. Very wise.
Im glad you are talking to your doctor so that you won't worry because you are going to go through puberty at the optimal/normal time - how it used to be before girls ingested a bunch of hormones in food and started growing breasts at age 11. That is not normal
You are normal.
And if you need growth hormones then you can get them so do not worry and keep eating enough food and healthy food.
I wouldn't worry too much, but it's good you're looking into this. Yes, having lower body fat will 'delay' puberty - but given a healthy diet and adequate calories, I do not think this is a bad thing to a point - especially considering all the research about the increased risks that women who go through puberty early are subject to.
Are you an athlete? One thing I would suggest to let your body use more 'extra' for growing, is cutting back on exercise, if you are training a great deal.
I've always been super lean for a girl, still am (I'm 27 now), I've had a six pack my whole life. I didn't get my first period until I was almost 15, or finish growing in height until I was 17. I am perfectly normal and fertile. My sister went through puberty at a more average age, but then she proceeded to grow 7" between 12 and 19! There is a ton of variation in healthy girls/women.
My grandma is 4'11 too, and my mom is 5'2, dad 5'9. Short family, but I grew to 5'3 in grade 6 and stayed that height until I was 19 and squeaked another inch into the deal and am now 5'4. My brother, on the other hand was 5' until he turned 16, when he slowly started to grow and eventually hit 5'7 by 19. My other bro made 5'8 by 14 and stuck at that height. My point is, we obviously have the same genetic pool and, gender differences aside, had very different experiences in how/when our growth spurts happened. You are still very young and have plenty of growing to do! I think it is smart that the doctor is checking to make sure everything is alright (there's always a couple odd cases where something is inhibiting growth hormone, and no one wants to be that case so it's good to eliminate the possibility).
With your body composition- it makes sense that you don't have a lot of extra weight, as an athlete and someone still in the midst of puberty being lean and muscular is nothing unusual. If you do gain weight though, don't let yourself get all worked up- lots of people gain a bit of weight right before a growth spurt. Your body shape and distribution will probably change as you continue right through to your 20's. I had very small breasts into my 20's, and my hips are still filling out as I approach 21. Body changes and growth do not end in the relatively small window that is puberty!
Don't worry. One of mm daughters did not hit puberty until 14 and now is taller than I am or her sister is. My mother hit puberty at 10 (!) and was the shortest of us all.
You just need to wait and you have sensibly seen the doctor. Keep eating a healthy diet and exercising.
[(just my two yen)]
don't know how that works during adolescence but it is said that fasting / physical activity during fasting induces release of growth hormone: so, for a starter - and rather to be on safe side providing your age - how about skipping breakfast from time to time doing some athletics in the meanwhile (stuff like running or whatever...), and consuming the same or higher amount of calories / nutrition afterwards?
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