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April 14, 2000

Weight-reducing strategies may backfire on adolescent girls

Many adolescent girls who diet and use appetite suppressants, laxatives and vomiting in an attempt to lose weight may end up with the opposite result - weight gain.

This seemingly contradictory phenomena may occur for two reasons: Either the girls are eating more calories than they think, or they already are on a course to becoming obese, said Eric Stice of the University of Texas at Austin.

A study of 692 adolescent girls found that those who engaged in weight-reducing strategies were more likely to gain weight over time, and were at a greater risk of becoming obese, he reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.


The findings indicate that girls who are concerned about their weight should seek the help of experts in devising weight-control programs.

- Chicago Tribune

Freebies on the web

NEW YORK (AP) - As part of CosmoGirl's look at the Internet, the magazine's "free-for-all" section lists Web sites that offer samplers, rebates and other "freebies" suitable for teens. Listed in the May issue:, and

Hood College reinstating music major

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College has reinstated a music major to its curriculum.

Beginning with the fall 2000 semester, freshmen entering Hood will be able to complete the requirements by the time they graduate. Two tracks will be offered: music performance in any of the areas of applied music, which include piano, organ, voice, winds, brass, classical guitar; and music history and literature. The new courses for these programs will be phased in over the next two years, and will incorporate a music theory and music history curriculum.

Wayne Wold, college organist, has been appointed to teach the theory curriculum.

For information about the new major, contact Noel Lester, chair of the department of music, at 1-301-696-3429.

Virginia Tedrick Memorial Scholarship

How much: varies

Who's eligible: Washington County high school seniors who submit an essay, 250 words or less, describing how they plan to help others in their chosen careers.

How to apply: Write to Virginia Tedrick Memorial Scholarship Fund, 13950 Frosty Pines, Clear Spring, Md. 21722.

The deadline to request an application is Monday, May 1.

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