Body Image: Cause of concern among boys and girlsA nationwide survey of more than 10,000 adolescents that appeared in an issue of Child Health News has reported that body image is a concern among both boys and girls. It was noted that this image may prompt them to use hormones and dietary supplements to improve their physique.

The survey also reported that the adolescent supplement users appear to be deeply influenced by the media.

It was noted that some of the most popular products for improving body image were creatine, amino acids, the amino-acid metabolite HMB, the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), growth hormone, and anabolic steroids.

Dr. Alison Field, an epidemiologist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston and the study’s first author, said that protein powders may be relatively safe but steroids have known side effects.