Ever wondered why your children seem to outgrow their school uniforms after the summer break and not so much during the rest of the year?
It’s because kids grow in the school holidays, claims an Australian expert.
According to Professor Timothy Olds from the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, children rise in height and also put on more weight when they take a break from school.
Kids grow taller in the holidays than during school term
“During school terms, kids get leaner. In the holidays there’s change in diet, but also less stress,” Professor Olds tells ABC News.
“Stress has a big impact on hormones which affect growth.”
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Dr. Olds says humans have been growing at the rate of one centimetre per decade over the last 150 years.
This could be because of the advances in nutrition, better sanitation, hygiene and the improvement of overall health.
In fact, kids are expected to grow at least three centimetres taller than their parents, and children are expected tp grow as much as 16 centimetres in a year.