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AAP cautions youth athletes against unhealthy weight changes

September 6, 2017

Youth athletes who participate in sports with weight classes or an emphasis on physique may be engaging in unhealthy strategies for weight loss and weight gain, according to a clinical report issued by the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

“Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful,” Rebecca L. Carl, MD, MS, FAAP, from the Institute for Sports Medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, said in a press release. “Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems.”

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