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November 8, 2016
Gyms blame vanity for rise in anabolic steroids
Gyms blame vanity for steroid rise
Gyms blame vanity for steroid rise
Nottingham gyms have blamed vanity and youth culture for the rise in the amount of anabolic steroids in the city. Figures released from the Home Office reveal that Nottinghamshire has the joint third highest rate of police seizures of the drug in England and Wales in 2015/16 – although this is down by nine per cent compared to last year. Anabolic Steroids, a Class C drug, mimic certain natural hormones in the body and are used to improve endurance and muscle growth. Mohammed Butt, owner of Legends Gymnasium, in Bobbies Mill, Nottingham, told the Post: “You always hear about women and the pressure on their appearance but it is now more so on the men. It is about vanity.
 “Steroids used to be used for competitive reasons but I can’t understand why you would take steroids when there is no competitive goal. My belief is there is a lot of pressure on men to look a certain way. It is all to do with self-esteem. People feel vulnerable when they are small.”
“I don’t know if they take them in my gym, there must be a few, but I promote no steroids. It is the culture of today. They don’t understand the risks. You are putting a chemical you know nothing about in your body. Katie Baggott, owner of CrossFit gym in Alfred Street South, Nottingham, added: “We have a zero tolerance on it. It is purely aesthetic and the pressure on men. “It is usually older boys and younger men – 18 to 24-years-old because like women are stereotyped to look a certain way that is now becoming more prevalent in men. “There is just that pressure – you only have to look at the cover of Men’s Health and all the guys think they need to look like that but it is not true.” The figures form part of the Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales, year ending March 31, 2016 report, published by the Home Office. It says that in total there were 3,562 drug seizures by Nottinghamshire Police in 2015/16 – which is a drop of eight per cent compared to last year’s figures. Nottinghamshire sits in the highest for drug seizures across the East Midlands beating Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire Figures also reveal that there has been a four per cent rise in the rate of cocaine seizures in a year. The area is also a hotspot for cannabis, with the fourth highest rate of seizures in England and Wales in 2015/16. However, this is down by nine per cent compared to last year’s figures. Drugs seized by the police and Border Force include cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, Methadone, Morphine, Other Class A, Cannabis, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Ketamine, Other Class B, Anabolic Steroids, Benzodiazepines, GHB, Temazepam and Other Class C. Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-gyms-blame-vanity-for-rise-in-anabolic-steroids/story-29877029-detail/story.html#M7luhG3OzjiA2Th0.99