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Physical Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years

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Overview

Adolescence is a time of rapid growth in height and weight and of physical changes throughout the body. Most of these changes happen near the time of puberty. In the United States and Canada, puberty usually starts between the ages of 9 and 13.

In females:

In males:

Growth in body parts may occur out of sync with each other. For example, the nose, arms, and legs may grow faster than the rest of the body. Other physical development during puberty usually includes:

The surging hormones related to puberty often stimulate the sex drive. It's normal to masturbate in private. Hormones may also trigger episodes of difficult behavior, such as challenging parents and other authority figures.


Credits for Physical Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years

Current as of: August 3, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine


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