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Former body builder, Christopher ...

Posted Mar 03 2009 4:23pm

Former body builder, Christopher Bell, had a unique, insiders look at the use and abuse of anabolic steroids. You see, both of his brothers are also body builders, one is a champion, and the other became tried his luck on the pro-wrestling circuit.

For Bell, the use of steroids was not something that he could condone, but his brothers both felt otherwise. In an attempt to understand the reasoning behind his brothers' choice, Bell embarked on the task of making a documentary about the use of performance-enhancing drugs "and their effects on the American dream". The result: "Bigger, Stronger, Faster"; released in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2008 by Magnolia Pictures.

As the film's director, Bell attempts to explore some of the medical claims about the dangers of anabolic steroid use, the ultra-competitive world of professional sports, and the American culture's obsession with fit, muscular male images. Among other concerns, Bell includes a critical look at the role of male images in advertising, unveiling the methods of airbrushing and enhancement that can make any man look 30 pounds thinner and 40 pounds more muscular. However, Bell neglects a very important consideration and fails to in any way address an increasingly prevalent condition that may very well be at the heart of a majority of cases of abuse of performance-enhancing drugs: muscle dysmorphia (MD).

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