Male version of eating disorder replaces purging with muscle enhancers

Physique concerns can drive young men to take banned substances

By Science News Staff, 16:30 PM November 4, 2013

Guest post by Bruce Bower

Among 16- to 22-year-old U.S. males, 7.6 percent report taking various potentially dangerous substances at least monthly to counteract what they regard as an alarming lack of muscularity.

Young men whose insecurities inspire them to use growth hormones, steroids and other body-altering chemicals represent the male counterpart of females whose idealization of thinness prompts them to induce vomiting and otherwise purge their bodies of food, proposes a team led by epidem...

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