There is a tremendous amount of peer pressure for our youth today to have the ideal body image. Young adults trying to maintain this kind of physique may see celebrities, peers and mentors using or endorsing different nutritional supplements or appearance and performance enhancing drugs.
Since both of these things are legal, the step from APEDs (appearance and performance enhancing drugs) to AASs (anabolic-androgenic steroids) is not a big deal for those who are hyper-aware of their physical image.
This atmosphere in today’s culture raises the chance for young people to begin to experiment with such drugs, and especially those in sports who may already be aware of people using AASs, according to a recent blog.
The majority of youth who abuse steroids are those who have an underlying mental health problem, like an eating or food disorder.
If used correctly, APEDs can help increase your muscle tone, lose weight and maintain good health. Unfortunately, AASs or steroids are abused leading to problems with aggression, hostility and violence.
The focus of this most recent study was to understand the risk for young adults using APEDs and their risk for AASs. Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York evaluated over 200 undergraduates to determine their attitudes and uses towards APEDs and AASs.
The study found that those who thought an APED was effective and safe were the most at risk for their abuse and later AAS use. This was especially true when those individuals had family and friends that endorsed APEDs and AAS use because it made them less concerned about the mental health risks and physical factors.
The results also showed that males were more likely than females to use both APEDs and AASs and that APED use among females were mostly found among those with eating or body image issues.