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Brooks Wilson's Economics Blog: Deregulate the Lunch Box

Monday, February 20, 2012

Deregulate the Lunch Box

A second four-year-old girl at West Hoke Elementary School was told her mother’s lunch was not up to snuff (“Exclusive: 2nd N.C. Mother Says Daughter’s School Lunch Replaced for Not Being Healthy Enough”). 

While packing lunches necessitates government supervision, sex change operations for minors do not (“Sex-changing treatment for kids: It's on the rise”). 

CHICAGO (AP) - A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics…

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society endorse transgender hormone treatment but say it should not be given before puberty begins. At that point, the guidelines recommend puberty-blocking drugs until age 16, then lifelong sex-changing hormones with monitoring for potential health risks. Mental health professionals should be involved in the process, the guidelines say. The group's members are doctors who treat hormonal conditions.

Those guidelines, along with YouTube videos by sex-changing teens and other media attention, have helped raise awareness about treatment and led more families to seek help, Spack said.

A sex change operation is more consequential for a child than a bad lunch if the lunch were indeed bad.  If parents are competent to decide a sex change, they are certainly competent to pack a lunch.  It is time that home lunch preparation regained the same deregulated status as sex change operations.

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