Childhood and Bone Development
Bones are the framework for your child’s growing body.
Bone is living tissue that changes constantly, with bits of old bone being removed and replaced by new bone.
We can think of bone as a bank account, where (with your help) your kids make “deposits” and “withdrawals” of bone tissue.
During childhood and adolescence, much more bone is deposited than withdrawn as the skeleton grows in both size and density.
For most people, the amount of bone tissue in the skeleton (known as bone mass) peaks by the late 20s. At that point, bones have reached their maximum strength and density.
Up to 90 percent of peak bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and age 20 in boys, which makes youth the best time for your kids to “invest” in their bone health.
Building your children’s bone bank account is a lot like saving for their education: The more they can put away when they’re young, the longer it should last as they get older.