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11/26/2012 2:24:19 PM -
Rant about teens who train.

My Rant:

How exactly is this being seen as a BAD thing?

I don't get it.

Am I missing something?

It can't be the 5.9% that have used steroids when 44% have smoked Pot and 81% have used alcohol.

Shouldn't the fact that these kids are training be a good thing?

34% have used Protein Powders and may have gone to the gym to train.

81% have drank alcohol, and I wonder, how many of them got in a car and drove?

I would rather my kids have self image issues (another argument along the same lines) that make them feel compelled to drink protein shakes and go to the gym than get behind the wheel drunk killing themselves or someone else. Okay, this might be a bit extreme but on the other end of this is childhood obesity with children that have high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure. THIS has become acceptable but protein drinks and training isn't. WTF is going on????

At what point did it become "socially awkward" to be in shape?

I am pasting the article and the abstract from the study. Note that the abstract doesn't indicate this is a positive or negative thing. It is the "media" who is twisting this all around.

This was sent to me this morning...

Source: Education Week

Study: Muscle-Enhancing Behaviors Increasingly Common Among Teens

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Study: Muscle-Enhancing Behaviors Increasingly Common Among Teens
By Bryan Toporek on November 19, 2012 2:38 PM

Apparently, Hanz and Franz from "Saturday Night Live" aren't the only ones trying to get pumped up these days.

Both teenage boys and girls are engaging in muscle-enhancing behaviors far more than previously known, according to a study published online today in the journal Pediatrics.

As large, lean, muscular male body images have risen in popularity in Western culture, so too has teenage boys' dissatisfaction with their own bodies, the study suggests. Some boys thus decide to engage in muscle-enhancing behaviors to shape their bodies like the ones being presented to them in the media.

For this study, three researchers from the University of Minnesota and Columbia University examined data from 2,793 youths (with a mean age of 14.4) at 20 urban middle and high schools taken during the 2009-10 school year. The researchers set out to determine the prevalence of five specific muscle-enhancing behaviors: changing eating habits to increase muscle size, increasing exercise, the use of protein powder, the use of steroids, and the use of other muscle-enhancing substances.

Nearly 70 percent of the boys in the study (897 of 1,307 total) reported having changed their eating habits in order to increase their muscle size or tone within the past 12 months, and more than 90 percent of boys increased their amount of exercise to achieve the same goal.

More than 40 percent of boys reported that they often exercised more to boost their muscle mass or tone, while 39.1 percent sometimes did, and 11.3 rarely did. Only 8.8 percent of boys never did, according to the study.

While changing eating habits and exercising more could each be considered healthy habits, many boys engaged in unhealthy behaviors, too. More than one-third of the boys in the study reported using protein powders or shakes, 5.9 percent reported using steroids, and 10.5 percent reported using some other muscle-enhancing substance.

On the female side, more than 60 percent of girls reported changing their eating habits to increase muscle size or tone, and more than 80 percent of girls exercised more for the same reason. More than 20 percent of girls reported using protein powders or shakes, 4.6 percent reported using steroids, and 5.5 percent reported using other muscle-enhancing substances.

"We were not expecting to see rates as high as we did among girls, since this is typically thought of as a boy's issue," said study co-author Marla Eisenberg, a researcher from the University of Minnesota, in a statement."Our findings show society needs to reshape how we think of body-image concerns."

Almost all students reported engaging in at least one of the five behaviors being examined, according to the study. Nearly 12 percent of boys and 6.2 percent of girls reported using three or more of the five behaviors.

The researchers suggest that pediatricians should ask their adolescent patients about muscle-enhancing behaviors, and say sports physicals could present a perfect opportunity to do so.

"Parents, pediatricians, and other health-care providers need to be aware that these behaviors are happening, and even if a teen looks muscular and healthy, he or she may still be participating in unhealthy behavior to achieve the 'perfect' body," Eisenberg said. "Adults should start talking to teens about muscle-enhancing behavior as they would any other harmful behavior."

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Here is the abstract from the Study

SOURCE: Pediatrics

Study: Muscle-enhancing Behaviors Among Adolescent Girls and Boys


OBJECTIVE: Media images of men and women have become increasingly muscular, and muscle-enhancing techniques are available to youth. Identifying populations at risk for unhealthy muscle-enhancingbehaviors is of considerable public health importance. The current study uses a large and diverse population-based sample of adolescents to examine the prevalence of muscle-enhancing behaviors and differences across demographic characteristics, weight status, and sports team involvement.

METHODS: Survey data from 2793 diverse adolescents (mean age = 14.4) were collected at 20 urban middle and high schools. Use of 5 muscle-enhancing behaviors was assessed (changing eating, exercising, protein powders, steroids and other muscle-enhancing substances), and a summary score reflecting use of 3 or more behaviors was created. Logistic regression was used to test for differences in each behavior across age group, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, BMI category, and sports team participation.

RESULTS: Muscle-enhancing behaviors were common in this sample for both boys and girls. For example, 34.7% used protein powders or shakes and 5.9% reported steroid use. Most behaviors were significantly more common among boys. In models mutually adjusted for all covariates, grade level, Asian race, BMI category, and sports team participation were significantly associated with the use of muscle-enhancing behaviors. For example, overweight (odds ratio = 1.45) and obese (odds ratio = 1.90) girls had significantly greater odds of using protein powders or shakes than girls of average BMI.

CONCLUSIONS: The use of muscle-enhancing behaviors is substantially higher than has been previously reported and is cause for concern. Pediatricians and other health care providers should ask their adolescent patients about muscle-enhancing behaviors.

Dave Tate

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