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Posted April 29, 2015

Teen Use of Weight Loss and Workout Supplements Labeled "For Adult Use Only" Concerning

Three new studies have raised concerns that teenagers are able to purchase "body-shaping" supplements, such as creatine, testosterone boosters, and "fat-burning" products from health food stores despite the fact that many of these supplements are labeled "for adult use only." The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children and teens under the age of 18 should not take body-shaping products. However, it is legal in most states for those under the age of 18 to purchase them.  

One study found that 41% of health food store employees told callers who they believed to be 15-year-olds that they could purchase a testosterone booster on their own. This is especially concerning since many workout supplements, including those marketed as testosterone boosters, have been found to contain synthetic steroids and stimulants.

Dr. Ruth Milanaik, who supervised the studies, noted that teenagers dealing with negative body-image issues may feel pressure to use these types of dietary supplements.

Findings from the studies were recently presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego, California. 

See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Weight Loss Supplements and Muscle Enhancers for more about other synthetic stimulants and steroids found in these types of supplements, and tests of related products. 

See Related Warnings:

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Does Your Weight Loss or Sports Supplement Contain Synthetic Amphetamine?

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To read more about these studies, use the link below.