A persons growth span begins at fertilization, goes on throughout the nine month gestation period to birth until the moment when a person reaches his maximum height between the ages of eighteen to twenty-six years.
I don’t propose to give you a biology course; there are excellent books that can do better justice to the subject of growth. However my goal in this first chapter, is to illustrate the principal factors which contribute to ideal height development in humans.
1. The “milieu”
By the term ‘milieu I mean geographic and climatic conditions. Living conditions, heat and humidity, all these affect physical development.
‘Milieu’ also means ‘quality of life’ which I characterize as the application of proper hygienic measures, the purity of air and water and healthy living conditions.
2. Heredity and Genes
Heredity could be defined as the transmission of the physical and moral characteristics of parents (or ancestors) to their children. Hereditary specifications are determined by those elements lodged in the chromosomes which are called ‘genes’. Every man and woman inherits genetic potential.
Nutrition will be discussed in depth in a later stage. For the moment I only wish to enumerate the foods essential for growth: Protein, Carbohydrates, Mineral salts, Vitamins and Fats.
Pay particular attention to protein. This substance in large part, makes up your blood supply and your muscle and bone tissue. Foods rich in protein are not to be forgotten for whoever wants to grow. That the present generation is generally taller than the previous one is due in part to better nutrition.
Where growth is severely retarded, it would be best to consult a medical specialist called and Endocrinologist. When dwarfism is due to pituitary problem growth hormones can be injected.
I have only touched on the vast field of growth by enumerating the factors which promote growth. Further study of these factors could be of particular help to you.