Steroids in America is somewhat of a taboo this being because of how mainstream America or the media portrays them as something only cheaters do in the MLB or NFL however steroids is much more widespread than just pro athletes using them to get an edge, but the sort of underground usage thus being no one ever wants to admit to it because of the label of cheater almost always follows along. however in some sports such as bodybuilding steroids are almost the only way to win sure no one talks about it however they all know they use and so does their fan base which is rapidly growing in bodybuilding. But sports are not the only cause for steroids but self body image in young adults who will do almost anything to get a body like the ones they see on television and in the magazines.
When I first entered the sport of Bodybuilding I was very naive kid buying almost every kind of protein and magic supplement the pros told me that I would get big with when in reality the only thing that would allow me to get like my idols was steroids. I myself have never used steroids however for me at least its easier to obtain than marijuana even though i’ve only been in the sport for two years. Nonetheless when it comes to; “The general public almost always equates anabolic steroids with sports, but that’s what gathers headlines. That’s the tip of the iceberg,” says Dr. Gary Wadler, member of the Prohibited List and Methods of the World Anti-Doping Agency. “The fact that young people are using them and girls are using them is very disconcerting. Anabolic steroids are very dangerous substances.” () To me its not the fact that they’re using it but the fact that they are uneducated on how to use them safely and the age they use steroids at which in many cases is very young and are using for all of the wrong reasons, “Many experts believe that a combination of issues is contributing to teen’s increased use of steroids. Everything from societal pressures to be ripped to simply a teenager’s likelihood to rebel coupled with feelings of invincibility can push a regular teen into a steroid-using mindset. Others, especially younger males and male athletes, are typically already risk takers and may be drawn to the drug more than their peers”, (UY, 14). This peer pressure that constantly bombards teenagers and young adults that comes from in my own experiences, my peers mostly to be bigger and more masculine is what drives me to use on the other hand it isn’t only peers and media with, “that thinking with an athlete’s desire or pressure from coaches, parents and others to get a scholarship or go pro, and you’ve got one dangerous combination” (UY, 16). Its not only men who are pressured to use but women as well with that being the reason is usually to obtain a six pack.
On the other hand in the world of bodybuilding steroids are something viewed in a different light than many in the media say, its more of a hardcore supplement that should be treated with respect and used with education and understanding its not viewed like a drug like crack “There is, however, one significant difference between crack and steroids: There are no long-term studies that suggest steroids are dangerous, Collins said. He knows many men who have cycled on and off steroids for years, even decades, with no ill health effects. If steroids are so bad, Collins asked, where are the bodies?”(Dailynews 4) The average death rate for steroid deaths yearly is a grand total of 3 which makes me wonder why are they seen as being a terrible drug that kills.
In the end what matters is the reason you’re putting your health at risk. With so many outside influences on the general public its obvious why people take these tremendous risks, weather being that its outside influences for sports or just the desire to look good and have a better life or get more dates is the goal worth the risk?
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