According to the Associated Press, a study has found gay and bisexual teen boys are participating in steroid use six times more than straight teens.
The study showed that 21 percent of gay or bisexual teens admitted to steroid use compared to four percent of straight teens.
Researchers believe this disparity may be because gay and bisexual boys “feeling more pressure to bulk-up to meet what they view as the ‘ideal’ male physique,” according to Examiner.com. “This could be contributed to the stereotypes associated with what gay is and perceptions about masculinity.”
Teens could also be taking these steroids to fend off bullies.
While the author of the study said this just a sample, it is still enough reason to be concerned.
The study was taken from 2005 and 2007 of 17,250 boys with the average age of 16. About 635 identified as gay or bisexual.
While steroids can only be taken legally by prescription, they are available illegally to promote muscle growth, strength and endurance. Steroid abuse can lead to heart and liver problems as well as an increase in aggressiveness.