What are the dangers of growth stunting?
Some people deliberately stunt their growths in order to achieve their desired body shape. This can be very dangerous. Due to undeveloped organs, there is a higher chance of becoming prey to various diseases and illnesses. Once a person’s growth is stunted, it can never grow back.
Stunt growth results from malnutrition in early life. So there are chances that children who do not get proper nutrition and are starved are most likely to become stunted.
There are extreme effects of stunting growth. A stunted person can be mentally and physically weak. Other problems include delayed brain and organ development, weak immune system, disproportionate height to mass ratio, and learning disabilities.
- Myths about stunt growth
- Working out stunt growth
Most people think that working out can stunt growth. This is, however, not true. Working out, in fact, helps the body grow properly. In order to clear the minds of the teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement telling that body building doesn’t stunt your growth. Working out, body building and weight lifting helps to maintain a perfect body shape and improves proper body functioning.
However, there are some things that should be taken into account before working out. If you are working out hard and your nutrition is poor or not enough to meet your body requirements, your growth can be stunted. The human body needs proper nutrition in order to grow properly. All in all, working out cannot stunt your growth, but poor diet, improper coaching/training, and wrong supplements will.
Removing calcium from your diet will stunt your growth
A calcium deficiency at a young age, most probably in the first three years of life, can cause stunted growth. However, if you are old enough and reached maximum growth, removing calcium from your diet will not stunt your growth but cause other problems like weak bones, hip and spine pain, anxiety, hair loss and brittle nails. Calcium is abundant in milk, cheese, oatmeal, sardines, white beans, soymilk, etc.
Caffeine can stunt your growth
This is the most common myth. People say that drinking too much coffee in teenage years can cause stunted growth. However, there is no scientific evidence of this. Too much caffeine intake can never stunt your growth; it can, however, cause hyperactivity and irritability. Caffeine can affect your immune system by altering your sleep pattern. Lack of sleep can also cause drowsiness and decreased mental and physical performance.
Massage can make you taller
Massage can relax your muscles and can be used to treat backaches and stiffness in the body. However, it can’t make you taller. Some people believe that massaging can stretch the spine and make you taller. This is, of course, a myth and has no scientific evidence.