Health

Gym Supplements Fuel Eating Disorders in Some Men, Study Suggests

This is such an important topic for our community. Too many men in ‘armor’ built of muscle and zero body fat take their own lives each year. What’s going on with their mental health? Unfortunately in my immediate friend circle I could point my finger at numerous men that fit the description described below.

LA Times reports:

Gym rats may seem to be the picture of good health, but a new study suggests that many men who prioritize their workouts are abusing legal bodybuilding supplements to achieve their lean and muscular look.

More than 40% of men surveyed by researchers from the California School of Professional Psychology in Alhambra said they had increased their use of supplements such as protein bars, creatine powder and glutamine capsules over time. The researchers said they were alarmed to discover that 29% of the men acknowledged that their use of the supplements might be damaging their health.

The findings, presented Thursday at the American Psychological Assn.’s annual meeting in Toronto, should put risky supplement use “on the map” as an eating disorder that affects “a significant number of men,” study leader Richard Achiro said in a statement.

The supplements are “widely available in grocery stores, nutritional food outlets and college book stores,” Achiro and his co-author Peter Theodore wrote in a summary of their research findings. The products “are marketed specifically toward men hoping to achieve an ideal ratio of fat to muscle,” they said.

To see whether they were fueling eating disorders in some men, the pair surveyed 195 men older than 18 who said they worked out at least twice a week and had used some type of legal supplement in the previous 30 days.

Read more at latimes.com

H/T to Accidental Bear reader Shawn W.