Monday, April 25, 2005

Dying to be beautiful

The Associated Press has an article on the rise of steroid use by young women.

"There's been a substantial increase for girls during the 1990s, and it's at an all-time high right now," said Charles Yesalis, a professor of health and human development at Pennsylvania State University.

Lloyd Johnston, a University of Michigan professor who heads an annual government-sponsored survey on risky behavior by young people, said: "Other than pedophilia, this is the most secret behavior I've ever encountered."

Overall, up to about 5 percent of high school girls and 7 percent of middle-school girls admit trying anabolic steroids at least once, with use of rising steadily since 1991, various government and university studies have shown.|Link|
I think this is the tip of the iceberg and that this country has a massive problem with steroid use by teens that is not even on the public's radar screen. I remember several guys on my high school football team who were totally 'roided out by the time they were seniors. I wonder if they're still alive now.

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