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While visiting house of her alleged attacker, Transgender Deedar shot in Pakistan

The president of Shemale Association of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Farzana, demanded protection for her community and added that they felt insecure

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Islamabad, Sept 11, 2016: A transgender was shot and injured on Saturday in Pakistan’s Peshawar city, police said.

Police identified the victim as Deedar. Doctors at the hospital said her life is not in danger, Dawn online reported.

“She was shot in the arm, we provided initial treatment in the emergency department and later shifted her to the surgical ward,” said a senior doctor of Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH).

A large crowd of transgenders gathered at KTH following the incident.

Deedar told Dawn News that she was visiting the house of her alleged attacker, Shahid, for her money which was loaned to him when she was attacked.

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She said that Shahid not only refused to return the loan, but also subjected her to torture.

The president of Shemale Association of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Farzana, demanded protection for her community and added that they felt insecure.

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This is the sixth reported case of violence against trans people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year.

Earlier this year, transgender Alisha who was shot eight times allegedly by a disgruntled customer succumbed to her wounds at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH). (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)