The use of dietary supplements meant to build muscle may be increasing in popularity amongst teens, says a new study from researchers at University of Minnesota. For the study, lead researcher Dr. Marla Eisenberg and her team surveyed 2,800 teens ranging from middle school to high school.
They found that two thirds of the boys surveyed in the study reported altering their diet to either gain muscle or tone. Ninety percent of the boys also said that they either lifted weights or ran as well. A majority of girls also reported dietary changes, with 21 percent claiming they used protein powders.
"Given the adverse health effects of steroids and other muscle-enhancing substances, identifying populations at particular risk and understanding patterns of use hold considerable public health importance," the researchers write in their report.
The data was published on November 19 in the journal Pediatrics.
by RTT Staff Writer
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