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What age do girls stop growing?

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Girls stop growing after they have complete puberty. For girls, puberty usually occurs when they are between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.

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A girl's growth rate depends on her genetics. For instance, if a girl's parents are tall, she is likely to be tall as well. Girls can grow beyond puberty if they are eating nutritionally balanced meals daily and drinking plenty of water. It is important for girls to eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water throughout every stage of growth and development. A daily vitamin that includes vitamins D, A and B can help girls grow taller. Foods that are rich in zinc and calcium are also essential for healthy growth.

The first characteristic of puberty in girls is the development of breasts and visibly rounded hips. Pubic hair grows at least six to 12 months following breast development. An increase in growth typically begins at this point, with height reaching its peak approximately two years after puberty begins. On average, a girl's growth reaches its peak at the age of 12. Menstruation typically begins after the peak in growth at 12 ½ years of age.

True puberty typically begins between the ages of nine and 14. Studies show that the start of puberty corresponds with improved nutrition and the amount of body fat a child has. Girls that live in societies with better nutrition begin puberty earlier, while girls that are lean and muscular typically begin puberty later. One consequence of early puberty is a decrease in height as an adult. Puberty that begins earlier also ends earlier, which provides fewer years for girls to grow.

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