It is better to look good than to feel good

How are today’s teens coping with the need to have six-pack abs, bulging biceps, trim little tummies and pert little buttocks? According to a survey in the August edition of Pediatrics, about how you’d expect them to. 12% of boys say they’re using supplements to achieve that rippled look, from protein shakes to steroids and HGH. Unrealistic expectations about how their bodies should look contributes mightily to this obsession, and 15% of the girls and 23% of the boys were chubby or seriously overweight.
But there’s good news, too. The obsession with a sculpted body is prompting more kids to join team sports and work out without supplements as well. That includes weightlifting, yoga and pilates.

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