Steroids, Supplements, Society

Published on: 25th August, 2023

Disclaimer: In this episode, we talk about anabolic steroid use, supplement use, body image issues, and other related things. If you think these conversations may be difficult for you, please take care in deciding whether to listen.

In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I speak with Dr. Kyle Ganson. Kyle T. Ganson, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His research focuses on eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, and muscle-building behaviours among adolescents and young adults, particularly boys and young men. Dr. Ganson has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic papers in leading adolescent health, eating disorder, body image, and substance use journals. His research has been featured on the CBC, CTV News, U.S. News and World Report, Healthline, Fatherly, and Runner's World, among others. Dr. Ganson has over 8 years of direct clinical social work practice experience and teaches clinical social work courses to MSW students.

Listen to the pod to hear us discuss:

  • The prevalence rates of steroid and supplement use
  • The risks and benefits of steroids and supplements
  • The need to reframe how we view those taking steroids
  • Kyle's ideas on how we can move forward

You can follow Kyle on Twitter/X here: https://twitter.com/kyletganson

You can find some of Kyle's work here:

Canadian Study of Adolescent Health Behaviors: https://socialwork.utoronto.ca/canadian-study-of-adolescent-health-behaviors/

Muscle-building supplement Canadian policy analysis: https://socialwork.utoronto.ca/news/video-dietary-supplements-for-muscle-building-and-weight-loss-addressing-knowledge-and-policy-gaps/

Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

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MyoMinds Podcast
Demystifying mental health in the exercising community
The MyoMinds podcast is here to start the discussions around disordered eating, exercise addiction, muscle dysmorphia, and everything in-between within exercisers.

Our guests include professional athletes, Experts, Doctors, coaches, experts by experience, and more.

The podcast is hosted by the CEO of MyoMinds, George Mycock. He has personal experience with eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, depression, and anxiety.

*Disclaimer: The MyoMinds Podcast can not be used as a replacement for medical help. If you are struggling with issues related to the content of this podcast, please speak to a medical professional or one of the many available mental health charities (e.g. The Samaritans helpline: 116 123).*

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George Mycock

I am the CEO of MyoMinds and the host of the MyoMinds Podcast. I'm a fitness enthusiast who has lived experience with eating disorders, compulsive exercise, and body dysmorphia. I want to improve the understanding of mental health within the fitness and sport community.