Teen Steroid Use Alarming
Awareness Efforts Increase
Disturbing research findings on “teen steroid use”: A research study conducted by University of Minnesota researchers found that teens are using anabolic steroids and muscle-enhancing substances at higher rates than previously thought. The study found that 5.9 percent of boys in the survey reported using steroids, while the rate among girls was 4.6 percent. The findings were surprising, especially since some of the steroid users were only in seventh or eighth grade. Earlier unrelated studies have found that:
• 80 percent of teens who admit using steroids said they believed the drugs could help them achieve their athletic dreams.
• 65 percent of steroid users would be willing to use a pill or powder, including dietary supplements, if it guaranteed they would reach their athletic goals, even if it might harm their health.
• 57 percent of users said they would use it even if it shortened their lives.
• Approximately 6 in 10 users believe that professional athletes have the right to use steroids, and they think that using anabolic steroids for athletic purposes is legal.
• About 60 percent of users said that professional athletes influenced their (or a friend’s) decision to use Performance Enhancing Drugs).
An effort to spread the word and hopefully increase awareness is within the development of a not-for-profit film documentary “Beyond the Zone” about “Winning Big Without Performance Enhancing Drugs”. The feature-documentary is about a 55 year-old amateur powerlifter who has defied the odds by setting two World Weightlifting Endurance Records at 53, and 54 years and is positioned to attempt another world record in 2013 at 55 – drug-free! It’s a unique story of groundbreaking “drug free” fitness training, teamwork, hard work, focus and inspiration developed to prove that performance enhancing drugs are not needed to reach your fitness/sports goals at any age! For more info visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-the-zone-steroid-free-winning-at-any-age