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Why Is Childhood Such an Important Time for 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. You 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adolescence, much more bone is deposited than withdrawn as the skeleton grows in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 their late twenties. 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.