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Vanity Insanity

Key Fact

What are SIEDs?

SIEDs is an abbreviation for Steroids and Image Enhancing Drugs. These are substances used by people to enhance their performance or looks.

Top Tips

Remember

  • It is illegal to buy Steroids on the Internet.
  • Anabolic Steroids can cause acne on the face and body, which is often severe, due to the increase in synthetically produced Testosterone.
  • Using Anabolic Steroids may actually cause the body to stop naturally producing its own testosterone and this effect can be permanent.
  • Anabolic Steroids can lower the sperm count in men and they may not be able to have children in the future.
  • Slimming tablets are often untested and dangerous to use. Certain slimming pills are known to have side effects and in some cases have caused death. The only way to lose weight safely is by eating healthily and exercising regularly. There isn’t a quick fix.
  • Tanning tablets and injections are often untested and dangerous to use. The tan is often uneven, blotchy and orange. There is no evidence that they offer protection against skin cancer although the manufacturers often claim that they do.
  • Botox is a toxic substance which, when injected, relaxes facial muscles to make wrinkles and lines less obvious.
  • The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 makes it illegal for anyone to tattoo you if you are under the age of 18. A tattoo artist should ask to see proof of age and record this before agreeing to tattoo you.
  • Photographs of celebrities in magazines are often air-brushed to remove any imperfections. The perfect bodies we are bombarded with don’t exist.
  • Energy drinks are different to sports drinks and should not be used while exercising as the combination of fluid loss from sweating and the diuretic quality of the caffeine can leave someone severely dehydrated.
  • Combining energy drinks with alcohol can be dangerous since energy drinks are stimulants and alcohol is a depressant. This can mask how intoxicated you are and prevent you from realising how much alcohol you have consumed.

Things to Make You Think!

  • The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 states that an Anabolic Steroid is a class C drug. You could be jailed for up to 14 years for supplying Anabolic Steroids to others.
  • Professional athletes are randomly drug tested. If the result is positive they could face a life ban from participating in competitive sport.
  • Some professions may insist on a drugs test when you apply for a job and may also conduct random drugs tests when you are employed. If the result are positive, this could mean you lose your job.
  • Tanning tablets and injections are illegal and often very dangerous to use because they are untested. Long term effects of their use have not been proven yet. Selling tanning injections or tablets is also illegal.
  • It is illegal for a sunbed business to allow anyone under the age of 18 to use a sunbed.
  • There are currently no laws against selling energy drinks although it’s known that they have a harmful effect on your body or health.
  • The use of Botox is prohibited under 18 years of age – unless prescribed by a doctor to treat a medical condition. Parental consent would be needed.
  • It is illegal for any person to tattoo a person under 18 years of age.

Introduction

Your school police officer will help you learn

  • the facts about Steroids and Image Enhancing Drugs (SIEDs), and
  • the risks associated with taking SIEDs.

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Question and Answer

Question: Are Anabolic Steroids legal?
Answer: The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 states that Anabolic Steroids are a class C drug. You could be jailed for up to 14 years for supplying Anabolic Steroids to others.
Question: Can Anabolic Steroids make you grow breasts?
Answer:

In men, the use of Steroids can cause breast growth called Gynecomastia – which is the development of female breast tissue.

In women, however, it can have the opposite effect – with shrinking of the breast tissue and size.

Question: Can Anabolic Steroids make you hairy?
Answer:

Because Steroids contain a synthetically produced Testosterone – there is likelihood that women will experience hair growth which is not desirable. They may also experience deepening of the voice because of the high level of testosterone.

Men however may experience baldness due to overuse of Anabolic Steroids.

Question: Can Anabolic Steroids change your gender?
Answer:

No – Steroids cannot change your gender.

Even though women may experience a deepening of the voice and hair growth and men will experience the development of female breast tissue – they will remain the same sex.

Question: Can Anabolic Steroids give you bigger muscles?
Answer: No all they do is allow you to train harder. They are not the answer to a healthy body image.
Question: Is it safer to use sunbeds rather than tanning injections?
Answer: Neither of these are safe methods of obtaining a tan. It is illegal for a sunbed business to allow anyone under the age of 18 to use a sunbed. Tanning tablets and injections are unlicensed in the UK. In particular, there’s been little research about tanning tablets and injections so their side effects are not known.
Question: What’s the difference between an energy drink and a sports drink?
Answer:

Sports drinks usually have lots of water to rehydrate a dehydrated body, lots of salt and potassium to replace the minerals you lose due to sweating, lots of sugar to give you a quick boost of energy and strong flavours to keep the drink from tasting like sweat. They are meant to be drunk both during and after physical activity.

Energy drinks are marketed for their mental stimulant effects. They contain B vitamins, and high levels of caffeine, taurine, and glucuronolactone which boost alertness and accelerate your heart rate and cause dehydration, which can be dangerous.

Question: What happens to muscles when you stop taking Steroids?
Answer: The muscles will gradually loose definition – unless the individual decides to develop an effective exercise regime and follow a healthy diet.
Question: Do your testicles grow back when you stop taking Anabolic Steroids?
Answer:

This could vary from individual to individual.

When Anabolic Steroids are used, the body stops producing its own testosterone. When you stop using Steroids – the body will have to start producing its own testosterone. This can take some time and some men may not have the same, natural testosterone production again. This leads to smaller testicles, a low sperm count and impaired fertility.

Question: What if I take Anabolic Steroids during puberty?
Answer: If your body has not developed fully yet, taking Anabolic Steroids will stunt your growth and if you stop taking them your body will not recover. If you take Steroids when you're still in puberty, you can permanently damage your testosterone production.
Question: Can Steroids make a person aggressive?
Answer: Yes – Steroids are known to make you aggressive. This is one of a range of psychological symptoms which may be experienced as a consequence of taking Steroids. People may experience dramatic mood swings and violence towards others. Other psychological symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, depression and body dysmorphia.
Question: If a photograph is airbrushed, is there any way of knowing?
Answer: There is no way of knowing if a photograph is airbrushed. If it appears to be too perfect - it probably is airbrushed.
Question: Are tattoos illegal for teenagers?
Answer: The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 makes it illegal for anyone to tattoo you if you are under the age of 18 - although the offence is with the person who carries out the procedure, rather than the person who asks for the tattoo. New guidelines suggest that a tattoo artist should ask to see proof of age and record this before agreeing to tattoo you.
Question: Are slimming tablets illegal?
Answer: There are only a few licensed slimming drugs in Britain. This is because the Government has banned certain slimming pills shown to cause side effects and in some cases death. Unless prescribed by a doctor they will be illegal and dangerous to use. The only way to lose weight is by eating healthily and exercising regularly.
Question: Is it safe to use protein shakes to build up muscle?
Answer: Protein shakes is a safer option when compared to taking Anabolic Steroids, but in the long term eating the right foods and exercising correctly will encourage the build- up of muscle mass. There are no quick fixes – so build up your body gradually.
Question: What does Botox do and is it legal?
Answer:

Botox is a toxic substance, which when injected, relaxes facial muscles to make wrinkles and lines less obvious. The use of Botox is prohibited under 18 years of age, unless prescribed by a doctor to treat a medical condition. Parental consent would be needed.

Botox in under 18’s would generally be used to treat medical conditions such as excessive sweating, or cerebral palsy to reduce muscle contractions.

Currently, people such as beauticians with no medical training can administer anti-wrinkle Botox injections, even though it is a potent neurotoxin. The government has been assessing whether tougher laws are needed so that in the future only trained doctors, nurses and dentists can provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

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