Dieting Teen Athletes at Risk

CHICAGO -- Doctors should be aware of the health risks posed to teenage athletes who quickly slim down by forcing themselves to vomit or by avoiding fluids, or bulk up by overeating, said a report to be released Monday.

Teenagers who rapidly gain or lose weight are more susceptible than adults to dehydration, heat illness and eating disorders because their bodies produce more heat relative to body mass. But their immature sweat glands are less able to acclimate, according to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the journal Pediatrics.

Many wrestlers, runners, swimmers, skaters and gymnasts are encouraged to lose weight and develop lean muscle, and some must meet weight restrictions to qualify. Football and basketball players and weight lifters can face pressure to gain weight and strength.

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* BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Maritime Academy's board of trustees voted to fire its president, Adm. Richard Gurnon, just six months after he was appointed to run the state-funded naval training college. Gurnon, who has worked at the academy for 27 years, said the trustees did not give him a reason for the dismissal.

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