Is Height Genetic?

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    I’m tall. Most of the people in my family are tall. Does that mean my son will be tall? Turns out the inheritance of height is a lot more complicated than we thought. Scientists know that nature (genes) and nurture (environment) both play a role, but after more than a century of questions, we’re only just now starting to get some answers
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  • Anne Hausch
    Anne Hausch 2 hours ago


  • Arkeym MS
    Arkeym MS 5 hours ago

    My parents are smaller than me for example 🤔

  • Princess-Minion
    Princess-Minion 12 hours ago

    Mum: 5ft 6
    Dad: 5ft 7
    Me: 5ft 10

  • ChristianPH28
    ChristianPH28 12 hours ago

    Am close to 6'3"
    Am 6'2" with shoes

  • Payton Jacobellis
    Payton Jacobellis 14 hours ago +1

    This is how my growth chart went
    9: 4’8
    10: 4’9
    11: 4’11
    12: 4’11
    13: 4’11 1/2
    I’m growing so much 😂

  • Saundra Wills
    Saundra Wills 15 hours ago

    If the child is happy with there family they will grow tall. Look @ Blackish the kids r growing up tall.

  • CambridgeMart
    CambridgeMart 17 hours ago

    Wow, I'm above average height in France!

  • Gaymond Queen
    Gaymond Queen 19 hours ago

    Dad: 5’4
    Me: 5’9
    Also I’m 13

  • Jason Li
    Jason Li 21 hour ago

    Cut all the bs and tell me how to grow taller man

  • Gab Rod Bau
    Gab Rod Bau Day ago +1

    Nature or nurture.

  • Joel Jabonero
    Joel Jabonero Day ago +1

    Mom 5'6
    Dad 5'7
    Neighbor 6'5
    Me 6'4
    Hmm what an odd world

  • Alio Malok
    Alio Malok Day ago

    Sudanese people are the tallest in the world


    It's ok to be "tall'

  • Shelly O
    Shelly O Day ago

    Why is it that the oldest kid once grown is the shortest from all his younger brother and sisters..
    my sister is younger than me but taller than me..
    i seen many cases like mine..

  • Hayato Byakurai
    Hayato Byakurai Day ago

    As of now, I can assert that height is mostly based on luck. Genetics, health, weight, diet... All that amounts to nothing in reality.
    For example, it's said slim people grow more than fat ones because of less weight amounting to less force exerted on the body by gravity. However, most fat people are taller than most slim people, regardless of diet.

  • Serdar Joshua
    Serdar Joshua Day ago

    i am way taller than anyone in my family and i don't know why.

  • McCaroni Sup
    McCaroni Sup 2 days ago

    1:16 *haha sexism joke*

    Hey ben shapiro, can you come here for a second please?

  • Jared Bro1
    Jared Bro1 2 days ago +1

    My dad is 6'1 and my mom is 5'8 and both me and my brother are 6'6, I passed my dad when I was 15.

  • Johnny Of Games
    Johnny Of Games 2 days ago

    Ok try this on for size. I'm 6.3 my dad is 5.7 and my grandfather was 6.4. How did I skip a generation!

  • iCommandYew
    iCommandYew 2 days ago +1

    Guys tell me how tall you think I'll be
    Dad: 187 cm
    Mom: 170cm
    Me: 13 yrs old and 5'3.
    ????????? How tall will I be in the future as an adult.

    • iCommandYew
      iCommandYew Day ago

      +Marcus Wanjiru Yes 6 feet. Thanks Marcus I'll sub to you for that.

    • Marcus Wanjiru
      Marcus Wanjiru 2 days ago +1

      iCommandYew prob 6’0

  • andyman sand
    andyman sand 2 days ago +1

    Being tall, you will have problems travelling: Beds, busses, airplanes, ...

  • Anne Sofie Merkistein

    Thank you for including the majority who use the right cm

  • Soberrya
    Soberrya 3 days ago +1

    Mom: 5’8
    Dad: 6’0....
    guess how tall I am

  • OOPS P-a-Q
    OOPS P-a-Q 3 days ago

    Brother: 6’0
    Dad: 6’2”
    Mom: 5’10”
    Grandpa: 5’9”
    Hotel: trivago

  • Princess-Minion
    Princess-Minion 3 days ago +1

    I think when your begin and end puberty is an important factor in height.
    Before puberty you are steadily growing then during you have a growth spurt
    After you stop growing
    If you started puberty early your body hasn't grown that long and will stop growing Earlier than others
    If course this isn't the only factor that affects height
    And puberty growth differs
    But it may be something

  • Jay Cabrera
    Jay Cabrera 4 days ago

    father 5,5

  • Savannah Weston
    Savannah Weston 4 days ago

    Explains why city kids are so tall

  • ArrayL
    ArrayL 5 days ago

    Dad 5'9, mom 5'3, and i am 6'4

  • Devin
    Devin 5 days ago


  • Gabriela Morosan
    Gabriela Morosan 5 days ago

  • Rahat Hasan
    Rahat Hasan 5 days ago

    Mom: 5'0
    Dad: 5'4
    Me: 5'4.5
    Brother: 5'7

  • Triqz_ Official
    Triqz_ Official 6 days ago

    Lol I’m 5’8 and I’m 15 hahaha

  • joseph Adams
    joseph Adams 6 days ago +3

    total genetic. I am as tall as my dad, and my granddad.

  • Kapilthev Kenway
    Kapilthev Kenway 6 days ago

    KILL MY SOUTH ASIAN geens and RICE you can only give me 5.8 or close to 9 YOU SHOULD'VE GIVEN ME 6 or 5.11

  • In depth Tutorials
    In depth Tutorials 6 days ago +7

    If I have a son, I'm feeding that dude protein shakes on the daily lol

    • NeostormXLMAX
      NeostormXLMAX 3 days ago

      dude protein shakes contain soy which stunt growth thats why most body builders are super short,
      feet em lots of fish

  • Hapa man
    Hapa man 6 days ago +2

    I'm of Filipino Descent being 6"2 and Pinoy are short unless men in PBA

  • Claes Hermanson
    Claes Hermanson 7 days ago

    Midgets can have average height kids ?

  • GermanBeestrd
    GermanBeestrd 7 days ago

    I'm 6'3 and the short one in my family too. Brother is 6'6 and I have two cousins that are close to 7'. If it's based on meat consumption my children would be huge. I'm not a fan of..... vegetables.... or fruits for that matter...

  • Jimmy Neutron
    Jimmy Neutron 7 days ago +2

    At least 15% of your adult height will depend on your diet; as a result, it is crucial you eat foods that will help you in that regard: dairy, meat protein and vegetables are CRUCIAL.
    And, even if you consider 15% is nothing, think that is not the same being 1,75 than 1,70 or 1,83 than 1,78
    If you are not an adult yet, EAT WELL if you want to be taller!

    • GA
      GA 6 days ago

      Jimmy Neutron I agree. 5 cm makes a huge difference. Being 1,70 or 1,75 is a notable gap. Or 1,80 instead of 1,75. It may not be a lot when you think about it but you can tell the difference when 2 people with that height difference are standing next to each other.

  • David Kealey
    David Kealey 7 days ago

    Dad: 5’5
    Mom: 5’6
    Me: 5’10 at 16

  • Professional bonsai tree, Anti-antifa, pro life.

    What about the patuitary gland producing GABA aka growth hormone which can become more active due to genetics and eating less sugar and working out at higher intensity

  • Sidney Amos
    Sidney Amos 7 days ago +2

    mom - 5’7”
    dad - 6’1”
    me - 5’
    they’re both above average.. not me.. i’m done growing too lol

  • Cryptonite
    Cryptonite 8 days ago

    You lost me at monkeys

  • Oz_Tee X23
    Oz_Tee X23 8 days ago

    Yes and no

  • OhGeeGanksta
    OhGeeGanksta 8 days ago

    Well this was a "duh".

  • mcalann
    mcalann 8 days ago

    Nah I’m 5’9 and my dad is 5’6 and my grandfather is 5’4

  • Nigel Marvin
    Nigel Marvin 8 days ago

    I’m 5’4” and I’m stuck at that height for the rest of my life.

  • Sunny
    Sunny 8 days ago +4

    Mom: 5’3
    Dad: 5’8
    Me: 6’1
    Am I gonna shrink or what

  • Yea boi
    Yea boi 8 days ago

    How tall will I be?
    Dad: 6’2 188cm
    Mom: 5’6 168cm
    Big brother: (18) 6’3 191cm
    Little brother: (13) 5’7 171cm
    Both grandfathers: 5’11-6’0 180-183cm
    Shortest uncle: 5’8 174cm (dad’s side)
    Tallest uncle: 6’2 187cm (mom’s side)
    Both grandmothers: 5’5 165cm
    Me: (exactly 14.65) exactly 6’1.5 186.7cm says that I’m going to be 192cm but considering my brothers’ height and mine, I think that I will be taller

    • Chierii
      Chierii 6 days ago

      Geez you guys have a tall average. Just realized your username

  • george george
    george george 8 days ago

    I asked bill bye on insta a question like this and he hasn’t answered

  • Saul Goodman
    Saul Goodman 8 days ago

    Thats why vegans has small brains...

  • lady grace
    lady grace 8 days ago

    It makes me sad that we don't know a whole lot about the people in the americas. Maybe we would've had more data to work off

  • Yulian kokalov
    Yulian kokalov 9 days ago +2

    Lol I'm taller than it whole family 6'9 (No im not joking)

  • Yoel Kahsay
    Yoel Kahsay 9 days ago

    My dad is 5’8 and my mom is 5’9 and I’m 16 and 5’11 do y’all think that I can grow another inch or two ???

  • beha8tin
    beha8tin 9 days ago

    Mom 5'5
    Dad 5'3
    Me 5'11

  • Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 9 days ago

    I'm 5'7 and hooked up with a girl who's 6'2. Weirdest sex ever!

  • Fleur Pétillante Phoenix

    My dad: 6’9
    My mom: 4’20
    Me 11:11
    Help(΄◉◞౪◟◉`)am I tall enough

  • KSWfarms
    KSWfarms 9 days ago +4

    Oh great according to this I'm below average! xD I hate being 5'3" :/

  • Maddi Kathleen
    Maddi Kathleen 9 days ago

    I am 13 and my parents are quite small but I am already taller than my mum and almost taller than my dad so my height does not come from my parents

  • Walnuts
    Walnuts 9 days ago +1

    Real quick let me just say i'm not lying about my height cause alot of people don't believe me because of my age.
    I am 13 and 6'0" tall considering my mom and dad's height i will most likely be 6'3" or 6 '4" .btw i think thats 187cm

    • distraught idiot
      distraught idiot 7 days ago

      dude we have people taller than that at the same age in the netherlands so just move here lol

  • ThisIsRandom 98
    ThisIsRandom 98 9 days ago +2

    Can we gain height is any possible way to be taller?

    • ThisIsRandom 98
      ThisIsRandom 98 7 days ago

      +Jimmy Neutron Well, I'll be short forever

    • Jimmy Neutron
      Jimmy Neutron 7 days ago

      If you are a teen, check out foods to be taller (and have a diet based on that)

      If you are an adult, luck is not on your side, given than most people will stop growing in height when they are 16.
      HOWEVER, if you have money and you are desperate, there are surgeries to be taller in countries like China and Russia called 'limb lengthening'; that procedure is both expensive and painful and it takes several months

  • Johnny Scythe
    Johnny Scythe 9 days ago +2

    Mother: 5’3
    Father: 5’8
    Brother: 5’7
    Me: 6’2

    • Walnuts
      Walnuts 9 days ago

      Nice another tall squad member

  • Chips Ahoi
    Chips Ahoi 9 days ago

    im 5'10 and just turned 14😊

  • Jose Mendoza
    Jose Mendoza 9 days ago

    Bible says

  • Nosheen Alia
    Nosheen Alia 10 days ago

    I am 10 years old and I am 5 feet

  • Tee
    Tee 10 days ago

    Mom 5,7
    Dad 6,5
    My sister 5,5
    Me *cant look over the counter*

  • Tee
    Tee 10 days ago

    What creates allergy’s 🤨

  • Jay Elimination
    Jay Elimination 10 days ago

    I seriously hate myself sometimes. It took me so long to start growing

  • Berd Berd
    Berd Berd 10 days ago

    I am a 24 light year old being from the planet X1TN and im 1797262827394 feet tall. When should I devour the earth?

  • Jeremiah Griffey
    Jeremiah Griffey 10 days ago +3

    Nah my mom is 5’2 and my dad is 5’10.
    Im 16 and im 6’2
    The second tallest person in my family is 5’8

  • Frostyz
    Frostyz 10 days ago

    He said I was smart, not what my world cultures teacher said

  • Angelo montano Orlando
    Angelo montano Orlando 11 days ago +1

    My father: 5”7
    My mom: 5”5
    Me. : 5”12

  • Kry Kry
    Kry Kry 11 days ago

    90 percent genes 10 percent healthy diet

  • abdul agung Wijaya
    abdul agung Wijaya 11 days ago

    Hey explain about :"when will human stop getting taller?"

  • d dave
    d dave 11 days ago

    Mom: 5’8
    Dad: 6’8
    Me: 6’6
    God I love I it.

  • Danielle Bailey
    Danielle Bailey 11 days ago

    I wish I was taller. I'm a 19 year old 4 ft 8 inch female. I'm so damn short.

  • brian thomas
    brian thomas 11 days ago

    Mom: 5-5
    Dad: 6-1
    Me: 5-10
    Maybe I’d have been taller if I dranked more milk 🤷🏾‍♂️

  • 21Keyvan
    21Keyvan 12 days ago +4

    I tapped on this video with my nutsack

  • Stefan Hudea
    Stefan Hudea 12 days ago +35

    No one:
    Joe: The tallest people in the world are *ALMOST* as tall as me*
    Everyone: odd flex but ok

    • NeostormXLMAX
      NeostormXLMAX 3 days ago

      thats just the average 50% of the people in the netherlands are over 7ft

  • Eustacio Villarroel
    Eustacio Villarroel 12 days ago

    My dad is 5'4
    My mom's 5'3
    And i'm 5'8

  • Lok Lau
    Lok Lau 13 days ago

    Mu mum 5'2"
    Mu dad 5'4"
    I 5'4" or 5'5"
    My brother 5'2" or 5'3"

  • TecBit
    TecBit 14 days ago

    Mom: 5’2
    Dad: 5’6
    Me: 5’9 1/4 (18 yrs)
    Surprised I’m still growing, grandparents genes came in clutch

  • Trenchh
    Trenchh 15 days ago

    Mom is 5'7 dad is 6'1 all my uncle's are over 6'2, the tallest is 6'5-6'6. Me: 6'3 at 15

  • Weezysquid
    Weezysquid 15 days ago

    I'm a 6'1 native , I live in mt , it seems everyone I'm by is tall

  • Benjamin Counter
    Benjamin Counter 15 days ago

    I’m 4’5

  • Solo Young
    Solo Young 15 days ago +7

    Mom: 5’10
    Dad: 6’5
    Me: 6’7

    But I lie and say I’m 6’9 😂😂 it sounds better I get away with it 65% of the time

  • Europa_Teles_BTR
    Europa_Teles_BTR 15 days ago

    Guys remember to take care of your testosterone health! It is very importante.

  • OnQuest Spencer
    OnQuest Spencer 16 days ago

    Mom: '5'3"
    Dad: '5'0"
    Me: '5'9"

  • My Country Is Upside Down

    I am only 7 years old and I am 6’5

  • I ee E
    I ee E 17 days ago

    I'm 11 and 5'7

  • Elite Girl
    Elite Girl 17 days ago +2

    mom: 5’4
    dad: 5’9
    me: 5’
    wow pretty tall for a 14 year old asian

  • Greg Tziatzias
    Greg Tziatzias 17 days ago

    My dad is 5'8.5 and my mom is 5'4 or something. I am currently 14 1/2 years old and im already as tall as my dad, maybe even slightly taller. How old do you think im gonna be? I really wanna grow cuz i play basketball and it helps

  • k k
    k k 18 days ago +3

    6'3 is the shortest woah.

  • Kenny Ha
    Kenny Ha 18 days ago

    Everyone in my family is below 5’5 making me the tall one in the family at 5’7 and I’m 14

  • XxSniper Xx
    XxSniper Xx 18 days ago

    My Samoan friend is 13 and is already 6'2"

  • Tristan King
    Tristan King 18 days ago +2

    My Mom: 9999999'999999
    My Dad: 88888888'888888
    Me: Danny DeVito

  • Jack KingOff
    Jack KingOff 18 days ago

    My mom is 5'3, my pops is 5'9. I'm 6'0 at the age of 15. Did I go wrong or something?

    RYL LAE 19 days ago +7

    Dad: 5'7
    Mom: 5'6
    Me: 5'5
    SO yes

  • Master Jaredy
    Master Jaredy 19 days ago

    I’m the shortest in my family my dad stands at 5’8 my uncle at 5’10 and pretty much everyone else in my family besides the females stand at 5’9 and higher making me the shortest male I’m 17 and 5’6 -.- ive been told sleep helps but that was a lie I’ve done workouts but that also didn’t work out if anyone has a tip please lemme know I wanna be atleast able to reach some stuff without needing a stool or a chair

  • Natedogg5413
    Natedogg5413 19 days ago

    Let me be a part of this “human height boom”