General

Measuring the body height can provide a clear idea of your growth curve. The test can also be used as an evaluating measurement tool.

Content

The test consists of the following components:

  • Measuring times
  • Compare with previous instances

Procedure

Stand barefoot against the wall. Your heels, buttocks, shoulder, and the back of your head touch the wall. Look forward and stretch your back. Slide the body meter down until this touches the skin of the head, or read the number of centimeters on the measuring tape. Always do the measurement twice and calculate the average of the two measurements.

Steps

  1. Stand barefoot against the wall;
  2. Your heels, buttocks, shoulder, and the back of your head touch the wall;
  3. Look forward and stretch your back;
  4. Slide the body meter down until it touches the skin on your head;
  5. Do the measurement at least twice and calculate the average of the two measurements.

Growth of children

Every child grows his/her own way. Height is often determined by your genes and environmental factors. Girls go into the “growth spurt” sooner than boys, usually around twelve years old. Boys often have to wait a little longer; until fourteen. Girls are often done growing sooner. Below there are two graphs in which a child’s growth curve is shown. Do remember that these are averages and that these numbers do not apply to every child.

Growth of boys

Growth of girls

Facts

The tallest person ever measured is the American Robert Wadlow. He lived from 1918 to 1940 and was 2.72 meters tall. The shortest man lived to be 75 and was 54.6 cm tall. The tallest woman to ever live was 2.48 meters tall. On average, Australians are the tallest and Japanese people are the shortest.

Required equipment

For this test you need the following:

  • Measuring tape/body meter

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