More teens taking steroids to bulk up; girls, too : Watchdog Blog

19 Nov

Posted on | November 19, 2012 | Comments

Despite years of increasing prosecution of illegal traffickers, punishment of high-profile athletes and widely publicized health risks, more young people are using steroids to build muscles and bulk up self-esteem.

Boys are more likely to change their eating habits, too, to gain muscle mass. But steroid use is also growing among girls, according to the study.

The medical journal ?Pediatrics? published these findings this morning, Monday, Nov. 19.

The study questioned 2,793 middle and high school students in Minnesota about their fitness and nutrition. It also asked about use of steroids and consumer products such as megavitamins and protein powders.

One in three teenaged boys said they consumed protein powders. Six percent of boys said they used steroids. and 66 percent said they changed their diets to try to build muscle mass.

And it?s not just boys. One-fifth of girls they said consumed protein shakes and over over-the-counter products. About five percent said they took steroids.

The study was conducted by research teams at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University.

Girls have been known to wrestle with body image issues, the researchers said, and some are turning to weightlifting to try to meet their sometimes unrealistic personal goals.

But the researchers were especially concerned about increasing body-image fragility among boys.

Images of men in movies and on television are growing more muscular, they said, and that?s fueling more body dissatisfaction in male teens, who in turn try to bulk up even if they do not participate in sports that call for more bulk or strength. And they are doing so in many cases without a sanctioned fitness or nutrition program.


Written by: tbray

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