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Thiruvananthapuram: The members of India’s transgender (TG) community on Friday expressed their concern over mounting expenses involved in sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in the country, demanding government’s look over this matter to make the procedure of surgery absolutely free.

At the ongoing International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE-2015) being held here, participating members also called for ways to create better awareness on gender status to curb a general tendency to ridicule and harass TGs.

Sonu Niranjan, a TG who works as a training officer at Bengaluru, called upon authorities to make SRS devoid of fees for people desiring to change sex.

I come from a very humble background. When I began facing several objections and abuses about my gender, I decided to change myself from female to a man. I was surprised that the expenses amounted to around Rs.3 lakh. I request the government to help our community and make the surgery free of cost,

She said that the doctors should be given proper awareness about gender change.

On completion of my surgery, I felt that doctors were experimenting with my body as well as my feelings. There should be a proper counselling session for the doctors in this regard,

Noted activist Akkai Padmashali also spoke on similar lines.
“Who decides that we are third genders? If society is deciding it, we call them as patriarchal one,” said Padmashali, who has been nominated for Rajyotsava Award, the second highest civilian award by the Karnataka government.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Eating disorder can be treated in transgenders

Hormone treatment can turn down dissatisfaction that leads to eating disorders

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Study finds hormone treatment can cure eating disorders in transgenders. Wikimedia commons
Study finds hormone treatment can cure eating disorders in transgenders. Wikimedia commons
  • Western society’s obsession with idealized body shapes are linked to eating disorders.
  • Transgenders live in a dissatisfaction related to their body shape and weight.
  • Hormone therapy is a way of countering this situation.

A study finds, hormone therapy can help in reducing the symptoms of eating disorders such as anorexia and binge-eating among transgenders.

Western society’s obsession with an idealized image of beauty fueled a deep-seated unhappiness within people regarding their body. This directly links to eating disorders like self-induced vomiting and misuse of diet pills.

Transgenders live with a dissatisfaction related to their body shape and weight, which makes them vulnerable to developing eating disorders.

Western obsession of 'perfect' body shapes incites dissatisfaction. Wikimedia commons
The western obsession with ‘perfect’ body shapes incites dissatisfaction. Wikimedia Commons

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Researchers found that hormone treatment can improve this situation, tone down levels of perfectionism and anxiety. It can boost self-esteem and alleviate eating disorder symptoms.

“Young transgender people may restrict their food as a way to control their puberty, stop their period or reduce the development of breasts. Hormone treatment might be able to improve eating disorder symptoms in this population,” said Jon Arcelus, Professor at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

The team surveyed more than 560 transgenders, over the age of 17 years, 139 of which began the hormone treatment.

Transgenders have high-tendency of developing eating disorders. Wikimedia commons
Transgenders have high-tendency of developing eating disorders. Wikimedia commons

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The results showed that those not taking the hormone treatment were significantly more likely to report their need to be thin and be dissatisfied with their physique which further affected personal relationships and depression and anxiety.

Thus, eating disorder professionals should consider the gender identity of the person when assessing a person with symptoms of an eating disorder, the study suggested.

The study was published in journal European Eating Disorders Review. (IANS)