How far would you go to give your kids a leg up in life? Send them to college? Provide a financial boost for the first house or to set them up when they first leave the nest? How about a six-figure medical treatment when they’re young to make them taller?
A pediatric endocrinologist has revealed that she’s inundated with parents requesting human growth hormones (HGH) for their short, but otherwise healthy, kids. These youngsters aren’t abnormally short, they just happen to be average or modestly below average in stature.
Treatment runs about $300,000 over the course of time, and there’s no doubt it works. Kids who take HGH typically grow about 1.4 to 2.8 inches taller than they would have otherwise.
Historically, doctors prescribe HGH to increase height when kids fall in the lowest 1.2% of height, which equates to about 5’3″ as adults, which can make driving and other everyday tasks more difficult to navigate. The new trend is about something else, such as attracting mates and being viewed as a leader, two things associated with height.
There’s nothing illegal or dangerous about an HGH regimen for healthy kids, but some claim there is an element of inequality. If it takes $300,000 out-of-pocket to make it happen, then only those with significant assets can afford it. But the same can be said about everything else, including home computers, tutors, and cars.