I couldn't find a comprehensive list, but below are some possible
causes. Note that in some cases the conclusions are debatable; for
example, I found mixed reports on whether smoking itself causes growth
I did find mention of studies indicating that juice and carbonate
drinks can cause stunted growth. However, it appears that they don't
cause stunted growth themselves, but if they are drinked to excess and
displace milk and foods with needed nutrients, then stunted growth can
result. So as far as I could find out, there aren't any foods or
drinks that specifically cause stunted growth, although an imbalance
of diet that leads to malnutrition can. It is possible to be eating
plenty and still be malnourished if the diet isn't balanced.
Even so, I have included a link below that does point to juice as a
Also, vitamin D toxicity can cause bone problems stunting growth. But
a person is unlikely to drink enough milk to cause such a problem,
although it's theoretically possible.
As far as activities go, I couldn't find any good indication that
there are any bad activities. However, lack of exercise can be a
problem, especially if it affects the bones. There are some people
who believe weightlifting stunts growth, but I couldn't find any
evidence of that. Of course, if a weightlifter takes steroids, the
drugs could cause a problem.
Anyway, here's the list. Again, note that some of these come from a
single reference only, so if you're skeptical you should read the
articles linked to and any other information you can find.
Too much TV
Some overly restrictive diets, malnutrition, vitamin deficiency,
Von Gierke disease
Dichlorodiphenyl dichloroethene (derived from DDT)
Androstenedione (type of steroid hormone)
Excessive vitamin D
In utero nicotine exposure
Stimulants (both legal and illegal) that cause loss of appetite
Excessive fruit juice and carbonated drinks
And some things that don't cause it:
Certain asthma drugs used as prescribed
I hope you find this list useful.
Search strategy: I used various terms such as "stunts growth,"
"stunted growth," "causes of stunted growth," "human growth" and