Appearance and Steroids
Why does our appearance have such an impact on our lifestyles? Do people need huge muscles and beautiful bodies to be noticed? Many people feel we do, and that's why steroid use is at its highest. People still use the drug even though they know the risks. Is this shortcut for muscular gain worth sickness, disease or fatality? People should understand what steroids do to their bodies and minds before they decide to use the drug. The consumption of steroids has a negative effect on the body and people that use steroids are destroying their lives.
Anabolic steroids are drugs that increase human muscle and mass, and also reduce body fat. They are derived from the male sex hormone, testosterone. Naturally, steroids are found in the human body. They are found in sex hormones, bile acids and cholesterol. These hormones give assistance to many bodily functions. These are the hormones that make men masculine. It is what gives them their deep voices, facial hair, and aggressive behavior. Steroids are what promote the growth of muscle tissue. Steroids are also produced artificially. They can be used for medical reasons, but they are used mostly to enhance a person's physique or for performance purposes. Medically, anabolic steroids are available by prescription. Due to the addiction and abuse of anabolic steroids, they were banned in the United States in 1973. However, this does not prevent people from getting their hands on steroids anywhere, especially the gym. Many private gym owners are involved in selling steroids to their customers (Clayton 23).
A great body is something that everyone wants, and in our society, physical appearance is very important. Everyone notices the way people look, and that is why many Americans are obsessed with their appearance. Steroids have a huge impact when it comes to a person's physical appearance. They are the shortcut to a great body. They are the man-made way to look great. "Steroids: Hercules in a bottle" (Nardo 17). This is the best explanation about why people use steroids. It is the quick and easy way for muscular gain. Not many people can handle the natural way to work out. They want to have noticeable results over night. Doctor Lawrence Clayton states, "it might take a teenage boy a year of intensive weight lifting to add thirty pounds of muscle to his body. Anabolic steroids, taken in huge amounts can do it in twelve weeks" (23). Kenneth T. Walsh interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in his interview, he received Arnold's reasoning for why people used steroids. "We want to get strong and be competitive the fastest way" (63). Many people just want to be big and beautiful without the hassle of working out.
A chart from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed why high school students begin to use steroids. Twenty-eight percent of students using steroids began using them to look better. As teenagers begin weight training, they...