In a nation where the Super Bowl is the most-watched night on television and professional athletes in a range of sports rake in millions of dollars in salaries and endorsements, it's not hard to see why many kids grow up idolizing athletes. Some sports stars may deny they are role models for a younger generation, but a new study suggests quite the contrary. Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring. Among students in grades 8 through 12 who admitted to using anabolic steroids in a confidential survey, 57 percent said professional athletes influenced their decision to use the drugs and 63 percent said pro athletes influenced their friends' decision to use them.
Facts and Figures: Anabolic Steroid Use in Teens
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Research suggests that high school athletes are less likely to use steroids if their peers and parents disapprove, indicating that peers and parents can be strong partners in prevention efforts. However, research shows that simply teaching students about steroids' adverse effects does not convince adolescents that they will be adversely affected, nor does such instruction discourage young people from taking steroids in the future. Presenting both the risks and benefits of anabolic steroid use is more effective in convincing adolescents about steroids' negative effects, apparently because the students find a balanced approach more credible. Research also indicates that some adolescents misuse steroids as part of a pattern of high-risk behaviors such as drinking and driving, carrying a gun, driving a motorcycle without a helmet, and using other illicit drugs.
Steroids and Other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs)
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Many authors of works on body image and steroid use believe that they are inextricably linked. As such, the preliminary information in this paper will focus on the prevalence of steroid use among males. It is agreed that the initial use of performance enhancers was related to sporting achievement but today we are seeing more males utilizing supplements for non-sporting gains. Metabolic and anabolic-androgenic steroids were first studied on experimental animals; the influence of the testis on metabolic processes in tissues other than the accessory sex organs has been recognized for a long time.