Health & Fitness: Shortcut to The Rambo Look

97-lb. weaklings no more, teens take steroids to bulk up

Adolescence can be a trying time -- particularly for the teenage boy. He is exultantly proud of his newfound sense of masculinity, but his body, alas, remains an embarrassment. Where are those flauntable biceps and triceps? Earlier generations of frustrated youth sought salvation in Charles Atlas' body-building exercises or strenuous programs of pumping iron. Many of today's teens, however, are subscribing to an ominously simpler solution. Explains Dr. Robert Willix Jr. of Fort Lauderdale: "Before, the 97-lb. weakling on the beach turned to weight lifting. Now he turns to steroids."

Until recently, the drugs were considered mainly the bane of competitive...

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