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Celebrity culture leaves boys at risk of steroid abuse

The use of steroids in bodybuilding has grown rapidly in the UK, and teenage boys who are subjected to images of ‘perfect’ bodies on TV and social media are at risk of dependency

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Teenage boys are increasingly feeling under pressure to emulate the muscular images they are bombarded with on social media, TV programmes such as Love Island and Hollywood blockbusters like Black Panther. This is leading to a new epidemic: steroid use is growing in popularity.

Recent media reports suggest that up to a million people in the UK are regularly taking anabolic-androgenic steroids (ASS). Appearance, rather than sporting performance, seems behind this, with young males most at risk of dependency. The drugs are easily available online, with sites such as Instagram and Snapchat used ...

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