Puberty takes an awful lot of energy. Boys seem to lag behind girls age wise and there is a "school photo" moment when the girls tower over their class mates.
So how many pounds does it take to grow an inch? I remember researching this a couple of years ago to answer a question on the forum. However, it now seems that the "diet" world has taken over the internet. When I typed exactly the same question from 2010 into Google, I was presented with stuff that I wish I didn't now know. Apparently if you lose 35lbs (according to Dr OZ), you can gain an inch in penis length. Really? Really? Well, I think that is just darn unfair and sexist - not that I want my girly bits to grow an inch, you understand.....
I also found myself on a teenage body building site. Never again.
I did find the "How stuff works" website, which had this to say:
Most boys, though, will take growth any way they can get it. After all, they don't want to have girls their age towering over them for the rest of their lives. Once boys start really growing, it doesn't take too terribly long to catch up with the other gender. Between the ages of 12 and 16, boys grow in height as much as a full foot (.3 meters). Weight gain in this same period can vary from 15 to 65 pounds (6.8 to 29.5 kilograms) [source: University of Virginia].
I am a little concerned about those who only gain 15 lbs during this period. Perhaps they just don't grow so much?
I also came across a chart "Proper Height and Weight for Age". I needed to find a definition of proper
Yikes. In order to be seemly, correct and fitting, I need to lose 7 3/4 inches and quite a few pounds. Should I worry?
Praise be for the Royal College of Psychiatrists for giving us an average calorie requirements for puberty:
The estimated average energy requirement in the UK for healthy girls aged 11– 18 years ranges from 1845 kcal to 2110 kcal (7750–8860 kJ) per day; for boys of the same age the range is 2220 kcal to 2755 kcal (9325–11 570 kJ) per day (Department of Health, 1991).
Boys seem to require a lot more calories for puberty - (Warning: icky picture) this is where my Dr Oz penis length thing runs into difficulties.....
My research led me to, as a general rule of thumb, 30-40 lbs for puberty and between 5-8lbs for an inch in height. Do not expect to somehow see this on the scales overnight. That would be too easy.
"Oh son, you gained 30lbs. By tomorrow morning your voice will have dropped, you will be shaving and then Dr Oz says you need to lose 35lbs....."