Does Coffee Stunt our Growth?

The age old question, does coffee stunt your growth? I’m sure everyone has heard their parents say “don’t drink coffee until you’re done growing or else you wont grow to be tall.” But how true exactly is a statement such as this one? According to a parenting website its actually not true at all. Babycenter says that although children under the age of 12 shouldn’t be drinking coffee anyways but even if it is consumed it well not stunt a child’s growth. With that being said coffee still has many unwanted side effects that an adult may want but is not meant for a child. in summary coffee is simply not healthy for a child but although it wont stunt growth, inadequate nutrition can cause a child’s growth to happen at a small rate than average. Secondly, the Harvard medical school also disagrees with this misconception. First of all there is no actually proof this is true to begin with. They also mention that most people have already reached the peak of their height by the time they start drinking coffee regularly. They say that this rumor is around due to the fact it was believed to cause osteoporosis but this was debunked because osteoporosis does not directly make people short. Although they do mention that caffeine increases the rate your body eliminates calcium and lack of calcium can contribute to osteoporosis, the connection is too slim to exactly pinpoint the cause of the problem to coffee. To conclude, the myth that coffee stunts your growth is indeed incorrect. Coffee does cause our bodies to do other things like make us less tired, more hyper, and raise our heart rate but it does not make us not grow. If you had to blame anything on your either lack of height or too much of it, it would be your parents since our heights mostly come from our genes, so keep on drinking that cup of joe in the morning!

Harvard Health Publishing. “Can Coffee Really Stunt Your Growth?” Harvard Health,

BabyCenter Editorial Team. “Is It True That Caffeine Can Stunt a Child’s Growth?” BabyCenter, 9 Mar. 2018,