U of M study: Teen steroid use increases; 'thin' is out, 'buff' is in

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Teens, increasingly interested in looking muscular, are using steroids and protein powders at surprisingly high rates, a new University of Minnesota report says.

And there is a surprisingly high rate of muscle-enhancing behaviors among girls, the Pioneer Press reports.

The study looked specifically at Twin Cities middle and high school students. Report authors say 5.9 percent of boys in the survey reported using steroids, while the rate among girls was 4.6 percent, MPR notes. That's higher than previously thought.

Minnesota researchers are concerned that "buff" has replaced "thin" as the body type that teens want, the Star Tribune reports.

It's a nationwide problem, pediatricians say. They are starting to sound alarm bells about boys who take unhealthy measures to bulk up, the New York Times reports on Monday. Teens are logging more time in the gym, taking more muscle-building supplements and engaging in risky experiments with illegal steroids, the newspaper reports, concluding that the price American boys are willing to pay for the perfect body appears to be rising.

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