Young men will purchase & use just about anything to increase muscle mass or reduce body fat percentage…but at what cost? A decent % of young men (18 and up) are experiencing (embarrassing) harmful-side-effects…stemming from bodybuilding supplements \ testosterone stimulators (ergogenics).
1) Supplements are not regulated by the FDA (some companies go through a verification process).
2) Bodybuilding supplements could be laced w/ heavy metals / stimulants / hormones, and etc. Currently, in the usa, prohormones are illegal. The problem is, young men are suffering from side effects: erectile dysfunction, poor sexual performance, hair loss and etc.
Who to blame?
Difficult question to answer – parents are frustrated w/ online…bodybuilding websites, forums (message boards), and youtube videos. Anyone can market themselves as a professional – claim whatever status (provide a personal opinion which seems to get far more attention than facts). Example: on YouTube, young bodybuilder / internet model (emphasizing / exaggerating the benefits of fill in the blank)…failing to provide scientific evidence.