(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) A recent study revealed that controversial “gender transition” treatments for minors have increased by nearly 400%, despite the alleged “science” on the topic coming under intense scrutiny.
Researchers Rishub Karan Das, Galen Perdikis, Salam Al Kasis and others discovered “the annual number of gender-affirming chest surgeries increased by 389%” between 2016 and 2019, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Despite the lack of long-term studies on irreversible sex change procedures, the study revealed that all of these surgeries, but particularly chest reconstruction, increased radically, the Daily Caller reported.
In the three year time period, an estimated 1,130 chest reconstruction surgeries were performed on children under 18 years of age.
Young girls made up the majority of patients, with 1,114 chest reconstruction surgeries performed to “masculinize” an adolescent chest. Only 16 feminizing chest reconstruction surgeries, for boys attempting to become girls, were performed in the same period.
The study also found that mental health conditions were extremely common among kids seeking out these surgeries.
“Psychiatric conditions were the most common comorbidities, 21.1% of patients had anxiety and 16.2% had depression,” the study reported. “Only 19.9% of adolescents who underwent chest reconstruction used gender-affirming hormone therapy.”
As minors are pushed into these surgical procedures en masse, the purported “scientific proof” that they are effective continues to have massive holes punched into it.
Jack Turbin, an alleged “expert” in sex change hormones and sex change surgery for minors, was forced to make several major corrections to a Psychology Today article he authored, which as been pointed to as ineffable proof of the benefits of “gender affirming” surgeries.
In the article, Turbin compiled 16 different studies offering substantial evidence, to him, that “gender-affirming medical care results in favorable mental health outcomes.”
His interpretation of at least four of the 16 studies was found to be fraudulent, after it was found they specified that only gender reassignment was “not enough to improve functioning and relieve psychiatric comorbidities among adolescents with gender dysphoria,” contrary to his claims in the article.
Turbin’s article also focused solely on data from 2017 and 2019 and did not account for the significant increase in trans-identifying children, which some attribute to social contagion as portrayals of trans figures spread prominently on social media like the Chinese-run TikTok.
The article was fact-checked by Manhattan Institute Fellow Leor Sapir, who stated that Turbin’s arguments were totally lacking in evidence.
“As I go through these studies one by one, I’ll show not only that such claims of causality are not supported by the evidence (as made clear, at times, by the authors themselves), but also that some of the studies Turban cites actually show no or even negative association between hormones and mental health,” Sapir wrote.