Chinese society today places a high priority on physical attractiveness. Accordingly, many companies have requirements for candidates’ appearance, including height and other aesthetic standards.
Therefore, the fact that parents race to find a way to make their children grow taller has gradually become popular in China.
One of the top measures Chinese parents use is giving their children growth hormone injections.
These injections induce bone growth similar to human-produced growth hormone. Specialists usually prescribe it for children with growth retardation or growth hormone shortage.
However, health professionals raised the alarm because parents are abusing the use of growth hormones.
Many parents arrive at hospitals asking for growth hormone injections for their children while they are still developing. Some people even buy hormones themselves from many different channels for injections.
As reported by NextShark, Huang Ke, deputy director of the Department of Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang University, witnessed a mother spend a total of $66,000 (480,000 yuan) on hormone injections for her son. The goal was only for the boy to grow one centimeter (less than half an inch) taller.
Hormone injections are expensive, and they are not used effectively in many cases. Moreover, the method has severe consequences if misused. Experts from Beijing Tsinghua Chang Geng Hospital said this method could cause adverse reactions, such as children growing too quickly at puberty and not having uniform growth plates. Improper use of growth hormones for healthy children can also lead to dangerous diseases such as edema, cardiomyopathy, insulin resistance, stroke, etc.