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      Bodybuilding Boys Often Try Drugs and Alcohol, Study Finds

      By Steven Reinberg
      HealthDay Reporter
      MONDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Teenaged boys who pump iron and pop steroids in hopes of improving their appearance may be at risk for binge drinking and drug abuse, a new study suggests.

      This kind of behavior is really a type of eating disorder, said lead researcher Alison Field, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Many people are just familiar with anorexia and bulimia as eating disorders, and they typically believe young women are the only ones who struggle with body image, she added.
      "Our findings show that there are males out there who are extremely concerned with their weight and shape, and they may be doing really unhealthy behaviors to achieve their ideal physique," she said. "But they are not trying to get thinner, they're using products to help them be bigger."
      Unfortunately, the dangers don't end there. Boys who are "super concerned" with their physique and use steroids or growth hormone are twice as likely to begin binge drinking and start using drugs, Field said.
      Field's study of more than 5,000 teen boys found that about 2.4 percent were very worried about their masculinity and also used supplements. These boys, like girls who starve or purge to lose weight, are susceptible to other risky behaviors, such as binge drinking and drug use, she noted.
      Doctors and parents need to be aware that body image can be a problem among young men, Field said.
      "They need to tell them that changing their physique is not going to change their world. They need to help them evaluate themselves on things other than their weight and shape," she said.
      This area, Field said, hasn't been studied, so whether the problem is growing isn't known. Because the issue hasn't been recognized, doctors and parents don't look for it or make the connection between body image concerns and risky behaviors, she said.
      "We live in a society where we are constantly bombarded with messages about weight," Field said. "If your son or your daughter evaluate themselves by their image in the mirror, that's a problem and you need to talk to them."
      One indication the problem may be increasing is the current obsession with the sculpted body promoted to young men by clothing manufacturers and the media, Field said.
      A lot of photographs young people see are completely altered, airbrushed and retouched, so what they see as an ideal can't be achieved, she said. "And males are just as influenced [by these images] as females," she noted.
      The report was published Nov. 4 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
      Dr. James Garbutt, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said one of the most intriguing aspects of the study is the idea of using males' preoccupation with muscularity as a parallel marker to females' preoccupation with thinness. "Failure to acknowledge this in males may lead to an underestimate of disordered eating and mental distortions in young men," said Garbutt.
      "We know there is a complex interplay between eating problems, self-image and use of substances including alcohol, drugs and supplements," he explained.
      "We need to better understand the underpinnings of these connections from a genetic/biological, family/peer and cultural perspective, and we need to understand the long-term health implications in order to determine who may need treatment and what treatment should be given," Garbutt added.
      For the study, Field's team collected data on more than 5,550 teen males who were between 12 and 18 years old in 1999.
      They followed these adolescents until 2011. During that time, 9.2 percent said they were very concerned with their muscularity but didn't show any bulimic behavior (binging and vomiting).
      However, 2.4 percent said they were concerned about muscularity and used supplements such as growth hormones or steroids to enhance their build.
      In addition, 2.5 percent were very concerned about being thin but didn't show any bulimic behavior, and 6.3 percent were also concerned about being thin and their muscularity, the researchers found.
      According to Field, boys concerned with thinness but not muscularity were more likely to develop symptoms of depression, while boys concerned with muscularity and being thin were more likely to use drugs.
      Boys concerned about muscularity who used steroids or growth hormones were more likely to start binge drinking and use drugs, the researchers found.
      Dr. Metee Comkornruecha, an adolescent medicine specialist at Miami Children's Hospital in Florida, said "this confirms that body image concerns are associated with psychological issues.
      "What we are seeing in boys is more rampant than what we have seen in the past," he added. "There is a push by society for young men to look a certain way, and some feel that by using drugs they can get that appearance and, in turn, that's how they feel better about themselves."
      Parents need to be aware of how their kids feel about themselves. "If they are overly concerned about their body image, they may need professional help," Comkornruecha said


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      Looks like steroids are the new gateway drug. lol
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      They have to blame the worlds problems in something .

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      WAIT... My binge drinking and drug use came way before all this working out and roids... Thank god for HRT... Now all I want to do is take care of my body and keep it in the best shape ever.. The study like so many is just based on bullshit and Rooroo is correct.

      Its much easier to blame some one or something then to take responsibility for ones own actions.

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      No way

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      They just want to make people believe that using steroids is the worst thing in the world!

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      Another fear mongering article lol . However most body builders deaths are a result of some rec drug overdose and not their steroid use

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      Im not sure im sort of 50/50 i have a lot of friends who never touched rec drugs until after they took steroids purely as they were not confident in being out is my guess.

      Me i stopped taking rec drugs and by my test was in the gutter from years of abuse and a few cycles with no pct or anything while doing rec drugs. (flame me all you like just being honest)

      I would go as far to say 75-90% of steroid users in Australia use rec drugs recreationally. Providing you know what you are getting i would say its better than alcohol.

      Myself hardly ever drink and very rarely do any type of drug. At my age just impacts my training, eating and general mood.

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      the media doesnt want men to be men anymore. They demonize steroids or anything that makes men more masculine. How screwed up is society when a man can get a sex change to a woman and be called a hero but a man taking drugs to get stronger is called a cheater.

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      They can make a study have any conclusion they are looking for. Not saying that's what's going on here but it certainly is not an absolute.

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