Parents, I urge you to read this article in its entirety.
Many parents just can’t relate the thought of their kids using steroids. Â After you read this article, put yourself in the role of an adolescent girl or boy and recognize that many, many of their role models are using steroids to get that buff look. Â And that they can’t get that way without these illegal drugs.
Why are we all surprised when our kids follow the lead of these clowns and begin using drugs like steroids?
"They told me I was neither big enough nor buff enough,"Â Mr. Jacksonsaid.
He wasn't about to let that happen again.
"I was thinking of becoming an action star," said the 30-year-old actor best known for playingÂ David Hasselhoff's teenage son on the television showÂ "Baywatch."Â "I saw maximizing my hormonal levels as something that would facilitate my business."
Mr. Jackson's capital investment in his physical equipment came to include the abuse of testosterone, human growth hormone, insulin (he is not diabetic) - even a drug normally reserved for pre-slaughter cattle. His bulk-building melange of illegal steroids was enough to add 40 pounds to his 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound frame - and ultimately landed him on the series "Celebrity Rehab."
Chris Evans as Captain America gained a reported 20 pounds of muscle for his superhero role. (Paramount Pictures via Associated Press)
Performance-enhancing drugs: They're not just for jocks anymore.
When it comes to hormonal maximization in Hollywood,Â Mr. JacksonÂ has plenty of company.
Suzanne SomersÂ andÂ Nick NolteÂ publicly extol the virtues of growth hormone.Â Charlie SheenÂ claims he took steroids while filming "Major League." FormerÂ "Saved by the Bell"Â starÂ Dustin DiamondÂ alleged that co-starÂ Mark-Paul GosselaarÂ juiced. "Rocky" and "Rambo" starÂ Sylvester Stallone, still pumped-up at 60-something, was arrested on charges of testosterone and growth hormone possession during a customs inspection inÂ Australia. A 2008 steroid-trafficking investigation in Albany, N.Y., linked shipments of juice to musicians 50Â Cent,Â Wyclef Jean,TimbalandÂ andÂ Mary J. Blige, as well as - no, really - actor-cum-directorÂ Tyler Perry.
"I think [steroid] use is very common in Hollywood,"Â Mr. JacksonÂ said. "Very. Everybody who wants to be an actor, everybody who wants to be fit, there's a lot of stuff going around."
Art imitating life?
In the recent summer blockbuster "Captain America: The First Avenger," scrawny Army rejectÂ Steve RogersÂ transforms into a pectorally gifted supersoldier via the injection of a top-secret serum.
In "Thor," an early-summer hit, a doctor is asked about the title character's bulging muscles. "Steroids," the doctor replies. "He's a bit of a fitness freak."
The irony is as thick as a superhero's biceps. ActorÂ Chris HemsworthÂ - last seen playing a tall, relatively lean character in the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot - gained a reported 20 pounds of muscle for his lead role in "Thor." ActorÂ Chris EvansÂ did the same for "Captain America," whileÂ Mr. MomoaÂ added 30 pounds for "Conan."
Like other thin-to-thick thespians before them - thinkÂ Edward NortonÂ in "American History X" orÂ Hugh JackmanÂ as the "X-Men's" Wolverine - all three actors attributed their striking physical transformations to diet and exercise.