There’s an interesting New Yorker article from 2004 about increasing height.
Height in the United States stopped increasing fifty years ago, and in fact women are now getting shorter:
Women, meanwhile, seem to be getting smaller. According to the National Center for Health Statistics—which conducts periodic surveys of as many as thirty-five thousand Americans—women born in the late nineteen-fifties and early nineteen-sixties average just under five feet five. Those born a decade later are a third of an inch shorter.
So what’s happening? The author of the article blames “fast food,” which is always blamed for all ills in the United States. This sounds bogus to me.
The Dutch are now the worlds’ tallest people according to the article, so if you want to find out how to make your kids grow tall, look at what the Dutch eat.
Based in this web page, and other information on the web, the Dutch eat a heavy diet, with lots of meat and cheese and eggs. While Americans are giving their kids breakfast cereal, possibly with lowfat or skim milk because of the American fat-phobia, the Dutch are giving them meat and cheese, and real butter to put on their bread and whole milk. The Dutch eat eggs for lunch.
The Dutch love milk and dairy products. In the Netherlands, milk is served to adults at breakfast lunch and dinner. That is, when they aren't drinking beer. The Dutch let their children drink beer—it’s what the adults are drinking with their supper and they let their children drink it too. In the Netherlands, beer is sold in vending machines.
The Dutch also like smoked fish—I doubt that has anything to do with the Dutch height advantage. They also like potatoes and boiled vegetables, but probably the reason they got taller in recent decades is that increasing wealth means they can afford more heavy food like dairy products and meat and they don't have to eat as many potatoes.
It sounds to me like the key to greater height is lots of fat and protein,lots of milk, plus perhaps beer. If girls in the United States aren’t growing tall like Dutch girls, its because they are trying to diet and lose weight.