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Study: Dietary Supplements Increasing In Popularity Among Teens

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File photo of woman shopping for dietary supplements. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

File photo of woman shopping for dietary supplements. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Medical researchers have discovered that an increasing number of teenagers are turning to dietary supplements in order to achieve their ideal bodies.

Lead researcher Dr. Marla Eisenberg, along with a team at the University of Minnesota, talked to almost 3,000 teenagers in both middle and high school before reaching their conclusion, RTT News reports.

Of the 2,800 teens polled, a reported two-thirds of boys and the majority of girls used dietary supplements such as protein powders or otherwise altered their diets for the sake of changing their appearance.

Boys were especially interested in gaining muscle tone.

Their actions are anything but healthy, however.

“Given the adverse health effects of steroids and other muscle-enhancing substances, identifying populations at particular risk and understanding patterns of use hold considerable public health importance,” the researchers were quoted as writing in their final report.

Adults have also taken to using dietary supplements more than they have previously, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“Use of dietary supplements containing vitamin D increased from 1988–1994 through 1999–2002 for men and women in most age groups,” the CDC noted on their official website.

According to RTT News, the study regarding teenage use of dietary supplements was published earlier this month in the journal Pediatrics.

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