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in General Factchecking by (160 points)
There is a big argument that weightlifting will make you shorter over time. However, bad posture and muscle imbalances while doing workouts such as squatting, is the reason for appearing shorter.
by (100 points)
This is a false claim.
Weight-lifting does not make a person shorter. Although if done incorrectly, a person's posture could maybe be affected, this is unlikely and not the same. Weight lifting is actually supposed to help improve posture, if done correctly.

An article posted on Linkedin helps clarify the matter, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-weight-training-actually-stop-height-growth-tanush-soni/.
This article, written by Tanush Soni, who declares themselves a motivator, states that there is no scientific reason to support the claim that weight training can negatively affect height.
Soni cites an article from Healthline, which says that weight lifting is a myth. It also says the claim started in reference more to children than adults.
Instead, weight lifting as numerous benefits, including improved posture, increasing strength, and increasing bone strength index.
by (180 points)
This is false. Weightlifting does NOT make you shorter. The author cites information that is not reliable, and they even say that the idea is referring to children, not adults. However, according to BetterHealth.gov, they say weightlifting can have effects on your body, that is making your bone health better and improving overall physical fitness. It no way stunts your growth, especially for children.

LINK: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/resistance-training-health-benefits
by Newbie (260 points)
There's nothing supported by scientific evidence that proves weightlifting makes you shorter. Our growth plates are softer throughout our years of childhood but during our teenage years, these growth plates harden. When weightlifting with proper form, you cannot exert enough pressure on the growth plates.
https://www.healthline.com/health/does-lifting-weights-stunt-growth
by Newbie (440 points)
The misconception in this post is centered around being versus appearing shorter. The article claims that weightlifting can not lead to a person becoming taller or shorter, but that certain habits associated with weightlifting can make them appear shorter. Some examples of this were squatting or poor posture while exercising. However, an article published by University of Hawaii Hospitals says "Strength training does not stunt growth….however, maximal lifting (highest weight amount you can lift one to three times) may put you at more risk for injury to the growing areas of a child’s body. Therefore, max lifting should be discouraged until after puberty." This statement cautions that  weightlifting underage could lead to injury, therefore putting the body at risk for underdevelopment.
by (100 points)
Weightlifting does not make you shorter. Contrary to a common myth, engaging in weightlifting, when done correctly and under proper supervision, does not stunt growth in children or adults. In fact, weightlifting can have numerous positive effects on the body, including improving bone health and overall physical fitness, according to BetterHealth.gov. It is important to note that weightlifting, when done safely and appropriately, does not inhibit growth, especially in children.

https://www.vinmec.com/en/news/health-news/beauty/does-weight-training-make-you-short/#:~:text=Shortness%20of%20weight%20training%20is,carries%20a%20risk%20of%20injury.
by Novice (800 points)
This statement is incorrect because engaging in weightlifting does not result in a decrease in height. The author relies on unreliable information, specifically information on children and not adults. According to Healthline, Scientific evidence and research confirm that well-structured and supervised resistance training programs offer various benefits for children. These include enhanced strength and bone strength index, reduced risk of fractures and sports-related injuries, as well as fostering self-esteem and a greater enthusiasm for fitness.
https://www.healthline.com/health/does-lifting-weights-stunt-growth#What-does-the-science-say?
by Newbie (220 points)
This assertion is untrue.
A person who lifts weights does not get shorter. While it is unusual and not the same, a person's posture may be impacted if done incorrectly. If done properly, lifting weights is really meant to aid with posture.

This Linkedin article (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-weight-training-actually-stop-height-growth-tanush-soni/) sheds some light on the subject.
Tanush Soni, a self-described motivator, claims in this article that there is no scientific evidence to back up the idea that lifting weights can have a negative impact on height.
Soni refers to a Healthline article that claims weightlifting is untrue. It adds that youngsters were the target of the claim at first rather than adults.
Rather, lifting weights has many advantages, such as better posture, increased strength, and an increased bone strength index.

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by Novice (560 points)
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Weightlifting does NOT affect the growth of individuals. According to University Hospitals, "Strength training does not stunt growth…. however, maximal lifting (highest weight amount you can lift one to three times) may put you at more risk for injury to the growing areas of a child’s body. Therefore, max lifting should be discouraged until after puberty." Lifting has had no proof of stunting growth for children, but children should wait till after puberty to lift heavy weights. 

Article: Weight Training Fact Sheet | Sports Medicine Program | University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital | Cleveland, OH | University Hospitals (uhhospitals.org)

by Genius (41.9k points)
Bravo! You provided a source, a clear explanation, and properly cited your information. Don't forget to select a rating next time please (true, false, N/A, etc.). Thanks.
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by Newbie (240 points)
At the beginning of the blog, the author states "No" to the question, "Does weightlifting make you shorter?" This invalidates the whole argument that weightlifting makes you shorter. Throughout the blog, the author explains how poor technique can lead to bad posture which causes some lifters to appear shorter.
False
by Genius (41.9k points)
Since it's a blog post, wouldn't it be best to search for solid sources to confirm that weightlifting doesn't make people shorter? Does the author provide evidence and data? If so, then it makes sense to use the claim as a source. However, it's always best to substantiate your fact-checks with citations and sources (besides the claim itself).
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by Newbie (320 points)
This statement is false, weightlifting at any age (especially at a young age) does not make you short or stump your growth as a child. There is zero data to prove this to be true. "There is no evidence that weightlifting stunts growth" (Nike).

URL:https://www.nike.com/gb/a/can-weightlifting-stunt-growth#:~:text=The%20short%20answer%3A%20no.,stunts%20growth%22%2C%20she%20said.
False
by Genius (41.9k points)
Is Nike a legitimate source? Did they provide where they got their information? Nike is a sports brand so without an expert or further data/info it would be difficult to take their word for it.
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by Newbie (200 points)
This is false. The article itself says that weightlifting does not make you shorter. It does say that due to poor posture and muscle imbalances it can make you simply appear that way. There is no scientific evidence that shows weightlifting as harmful on growth plates. According to UT Austins University Service Blog it is great for making bones stronger and can decrease the risk of injury but does not do anything to someones height
False
by Genius (41.9k points)
Nice work -- don't forget to include a citation/source for where you found your info.
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by (140 points)

This information is true. This article by University of Texas explains there is no evidence that high impact sports including weight training damage the bone growth plates, preventing growth. Though the article does mention it is extremely important to learn how to weigh lift properly to avoid bad posture and injury. There are many linked credible sources cited. 

True
by Genius (41.9k points)
Did you mean to say the claim is false?
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by Novice (540 points)

Misinformation 

The claim on News Detective was that weightlifting makes a person shorter. However, the person who linked this article immediately disproved their own claim. This article explains that lifting weights builds muscle, but that it does not actually cause a change in a person’s bones. This article was written by a coach and Pro Olympic trainer, which lends credibility to it. Furthermore, this is a website that is based around exercise tips and Olympic training programs.  

Exaggerated/ Misleading
by Genius (41.9k points)
Doing research on the topic and digging further outside of the claim source, which is a blog, would make for a stronger fact-check.
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by Newbie (480 points)

There are many articles online discussing weightlifting and its effect on our bodies. Some argue that it stunts our growth, and others argue it makes us appear shorter. The article shares how, although it appears that weightlifting stunts our growth, it could simply be an illusion called bad posture. The statement is false. No scientific proof exists to show that weightlifting will stop people from growing. Height is genetics, so it is impossible to change it through exercise. I found another article titled “Can Weight Lifting Stunt Growth? Experts Explain” on Nike's website. In 2020, a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics shared, “resistance training programs have no apparent negative effect on linear growth, growth plate health, or the cardiovascular system of children and adolescents.” 

False
by Genius (41.9k points)
Don't forget to add URLs to your sources, going forward. Thanks!
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by Newbie (260 points)
No, weightlifting does not stunt growth or make you shorter. According to Healthline magazine, no scientific research proves weightlifting will shorten you. In return, it will increase muscle and bone strength. A blog from the University of Texas also states that it will not affect growth and that this claim is completely false.
by Genius (41.9k points)
Don't forget to add URLs to your sources, going forward. Thanks!
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by Newbie (200 points)
Weightlifting doesn't make you shorter. The reason people may appear shorter is because of the posture they have while squatting. Building different muscles in your back causes your posture to change, which in turn can make you appear shorter.

https://torokhtiy.com/blogs/guides/does-weightlifting-make-you-taller-or-shorter#:~:text=Due%20to%20bad%20posture%20and,real%20size%20of%20your%20bones.
False
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by Novice (540 points)

This would be false information. According to an article Will weightlifting make you shorter? by The Trusty Spotter, they go over the science of how height actually works. Towards the end of the article they summarize that weightlifting will not stunt your growth. 

Will weightlifting make you shorter? (The science) - Trusty Spotter

False
by Newbie (260 points)
FALSE
There's nothing supported by scientific evidence that proves weightlifting makes you shorter. Our growth plates are softer throughout our years of childhood but during our teenage years, these growth plates harden. When weightlifting with proper form, you cannot exert enough pressure on the growth plates.
https://www.healthline.com/health/does-lifting-weights-stunt-growth

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