Doping: Steroid abuse a growing problem in Singapore

Those who use steroids are motivated by its ability to enhance their body image, boost stamina or increase strength. Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez were among the high-profile athletes caught using steroids to cheat and win.
Those who use steroids are motivated by its ability to enhance their body image, boost stamina or increase strength. Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez were among the high-profile athletes caught using steroids to cheat and win.ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: ONG WEE JIN

Accessibility has increased with online shopping and a wider audience of under-30s, but there are numerous side effects that include death

James (not his real name) had always been keen on a lean and trim body. It was one of the reasons he decided to become a fitness trainer. Three years ago, his passion evolved into an interest in bodybuilding.

Inspired by the bulging muscles he saw in bodybuilding magazines, he wanted a similar physique. So he turned to steroids.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'Steroid abuse a growing problem'. Print Edition | Subscribe