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UK Transgender Treatment for Kids Up 1,000%

03-10-2016

The number of children undergoing transgender treatment in the UK has seen a huge increase.

The Gloucester Citizen reports the number of children who underwent the treatment at the UK's National Health Service has jumped by 1,000 percent over the last five years.

Doctors are concerned the health service is being "overwhelmed," according to the British paper.

More than one-thousand children were treated at the NHS's Gender Identity Disorder Service between April and December last year.

Contrast that with the years 2009 and 2010, when 97 and 139 were treated, respectively.

The organization, Christian Concern, told Premier Christian Radio that it is deeply concerned about more and more children as young as 10 being offered drugs that stop puberty so they can be transformed into a different gender.

"Children aren't able to drive until they're 17; we can't vote until we're 18, and yet we are suggesting that children aged, perhaps 10, are able to make a decision to embark on a course that has huge consequences and significance and life changing implications," Christian Concern's Andrew Marsh said.

Europe's Sky News interviewed last year a 15-year-old boy named Alex, who was taking medication that puts puberty on hold because he wants to become a female.

"I've been on (hormone) blockers for 12 to 13 months," he said. "I was (worried) so much before I took my blockers that my voice would break or I'd develop really masculine features -- it wasn't healthy."

Experts disagree on what is the appropriate treatment for children with gender dysphoria. That's the condition when kids feel like they should be the opposite gender.

Some medical experts say there's a lack of research investigating the long-term effects of transgender treatment for children.

In addition, there are claims that most children dealing with gender dysphoria will not eventually become transgender.

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