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Diet Wars

What diet wars? If you want to stay thin and healthy at the same time, I have a diet for you. It’s simple: Eat reasonably, with sufficient fruits and vegetables, and exercise four to six times a week. I’ve used this diet for years. I have lots of energy, and I have never had to wear larger than a size 6.

Heather Limbaugh, Germantown, Tenn.

As nice as she is, Oprah has lost and gained about a thousand pounds over the years. I am not sure of the value of advice from someone with this history. And getting diet advice from Rosie O’Donnell is like asking the Red Sox how to win the World Series.

John Kanca III, Middlebury, Conn.

Maybe this year.—ED.

Your story on Diet Wars was great. I am delighted that PEOPLE included me in it, though I disagree that attending Weight Watchers meetings is a “con.” Indeed, healthy eating and exercise are part of my dieting success, but what’s made all the difference is having a good support system. Weight Watchers meetings are upbeat, motivating and give me lots of practical advice.

Sarah, the Duchess of York

I disagree with Larry Lindner, who said, “There’s no such thing as a carbohydrate addict.” I am one and have been on the carbohydrate addict’s diet since Thanksgiving. Though I have 20 lbs. to go to reach my goal, this is the easiest diet I’ve been on and I can eat dessert every day. I think your story proved a point: Each person has to find an eating plan that works for them.

Robin Van Kanegan, Gilbert, Ariz.

The last time Jennifer Aniston was on the cover, it was about Hollywood being too thin. Now you’re telling us how to look like her by using her diet?

Kristina Bullinger, Minneapolis

Cheryl Tiegs

I speak not only for myself but for thousands of women who are experiencing age-related infertility when I ask who is Cheryl Tiegs’s doctor and what did he do that made her, at age 52, produce such obviously good eggs? The absence of any explanation makes me and many others suspicious.

Sara Cortese, via e-mail

The infertility community knows that a 52-year-old woman’s eggs are not going to produce babies. Since Ms. Tiegs is very public about using a surrogate, I don’t know why she wants to hide the fact that she used a donor’s eggs. It would help so many younger women to know that they have a very real biological clock ticking and that after 40—but especially after 43—women’s fertility drops very low. Please help these celebrities who have babies so late in life be honest with the public.

D.G. Stone, via e-mail

Ms. Tiegs responds: Every body and every case is different. Doctors took three of my eggs, examined them closely and made sure they were healthy. It’s improbable but not impossible. I don’t recommend it. I went through a year of shots and it was very difficult. I know we’re very lucky. There will always be people out there who will not believe you, but what can I say? It happened.—ED.

Kay Poe and Esther Kim

Your story about Esther Kim forfeiting a taekwondo match so that her best friend, Kay Poe, would qualify for the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team moved me to tears. What Esther did is the epitome of the Olympic spirit. As a parent, I am encouraged and inspired by her family’s triumph in raising such a remarkable young lady in a world that is constantly trying to instill the wrong values in our children.

Laurie Munn, Tempe, Ariz.

Tonya Harding should frame this article and hang it on her wall.

Ryoichi Morita, Coarsegold, Calif.

Sonja Christopher

Ceremoniously eighty-sixing Sonja. Christopher on Survivor is analogous to our society’s casual dismissal of older women. My guess is that her grace, wisdom and compassion would have served her “tribe” better than the dog-eat-dog competitive culture that is mirrored in this fascinating series.

Jessica Miranti, Dulzura, Calif.

Sonja, you are not a disappointing representative for senior citizens but rather a courageous adventurer willing to compete physically against those less than half your age. If the competition were judged on class, you’d be the last one standing on the island.

Karen Palfi, Los Angeles

Florida School Shooting

Minutes before forcing our son and his classmates to witness the horrific murder of their teacher Barry Gurnow, the killer was quoted as saying, “Just watch. I’ll be all over the news.” We were shocked to open your magazine and find this boy center-front, half-smiling, after having just shot a teacher to death. We feel this is irresponsible journalism, fueling only the twisted adolescent dreams of fame that continue to wrench our society.

Marcia and Bob Brixius, Lake Worth, Fla.