Children and adolescents are often involved in sports in which weight loss or weight gain is perceived as an advantage. This policy statement describes unhealthy weight-control practices that may be harmful to the health and/or performance of athletes. Healthy methods of weight loss and weight gain are discussed, and physicians are given resources and recommendations that can be used to counsel athletes, parents, coaches, and school administrators in discouraging inappropriate weight-control behaviors and encouraging healthy methods of weight gain or loss, when needed.
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American Academy of Pediatrics| December 01 2005
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Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness; Promotion of Healthy Weight-Control Practices in Young Athletes. Pediatrics December 2005; 116 (6): 1557–1564. 10.1542/peds.2005-2314
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