Girls Abusing Steroids Too
Girls are abusing steroids too, experts say (AP-MSNBC)
An alarming number of American girls, some as young as 9, are using bodybuilding steroids — not necessarily to get an edge on the playing field, but to get the toned, sculpted look of models and movie stars, experts say.
Girls are getting their hands on the same dangerous testosterone pills, shots and creams that have created a scandal in major league baseball and other sports. Often, these are the same girls who have eating disorders, according to some research. Ã¢€œThereÃ¢€™s been a substantial increase for girls during the 1990s, and itÃ¢€™s at an all-time high right now,Ã¢€ said Charles Yesalis, a professor of health and human development at Pennsylvania State University.
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. Researchers say that most girls are using steroids to get bigger and stronger on the playing field, and they attribute some of the increase in steroid use to girlsÃ¢€™ rising participation in sports. But plenty of other girls are using steroids to give themselves a slightly muscular look, they say.