Study: Steroid Use Much Higher Among Gay & Bisexual Teens
A new study released in the journal Pediatrics Monday provides an unprecedented peek inside the lives of gay and bisexual male teens. According to researchers, this segment of the teen population uses steroids at rates up to six times higher than their heterosexual peers.
The numbers revealed in the study:
- 21 percent of gay or bisexual boys admit to steroid use, compared to 4 percent of the straight boys involved in the survey
- 8 percent of G/B boys report moderate steroid use (pills or injections up to 40 times), in contrast to 2 percent of heterosexual male teens
- 4 percent of gay or bi boys admit heavy use (40 or more steroid pills or injections taken), while only 1 percent of straight boys report the same
Researchers speculate that increased pressure to attain a physique ideal amongst gay and bisexual teens might be to blame, but have also tossed around the idea that boys are bulking up to deal with bullies.
Unfortunately, the biggest revelation of the landmark study is that we now know outreach and further research on this particular issue is absolutely necessary. "Given the dramatic disparity ... it would seem that this is a population in which greater attention is needed," the authors said.
(Via Seattle Times)