February 02, 2009 12:00 PM


“Thanks for providing some great inspiration! This issue has motivated me to get into shape for 2009”

Bill Blundell

Metamora, Ill.

I can’t tell you how much this issue meant to me. Reading about real people who face the same challenges as I’m facing has motivated me to try to lose the extra 100 lbs. that my 6-ft. frame can no longer carry. My goal, actually, is to be on your cover! Thanks for the great weight-loss stories and for “keeping it real.”

Jocelyn Swanick

Charlotte, N.C.

Your double issue was chock-full of information and inspiration regarding America’s No. 1 health problem. I was especially interested in author Alex Bogusky’s idea for losing weight by reducing the size of dinner plates. This is a suggestion many of us can use, and the kind of innovative, practical thinking that might help all of us whittle off a few pounds without much suffering.

Ron Erdos

Fort Lee, N.J.

We all realize that obesity is a big issue in this country; I struggle too. But to have almost an entire issue dedicated to this subject? I sit down with your magazine to broaden my horizons, and frankly there’s not much new under the sun about weight loss. What a disappointment.

Diane E. Stocker



I was appalled by this article. Dogs don’t enjoy having things glued to them or having their hair cut so short you can see their skin. Here’s a suggestion: Before people do something like this to their animals, they should think about how they would like it. This is cruelty to animals in a completely different way than expected, but it still counts.

Malika Baker



The actions of Mr. Madoff stun me. The sad thing is he’ll end up with three hots and a cot, doing jail time while his investors find themselves in dire straits because of his unconscionable acts. Sadder yet, some people will be forced to find a job when they’re at or even past retirement age. Madoff should be terribly ashamed of himself.

Kate MacKenzie

Windsor, Ont.


The story about the soldier killed in Iraq touched me like no article ever has. Sgt. Charles King made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, probably in hopes of bettering the world his son Jordan would grow up in. The love this man had for his child is evident from the photo, but his journal provides a chance to hear about it in a father’s own words. What better legacy is there than that?

Brianne Shartzer

Louisville, Ky.


The controversy over a possible link between early-childhood vaccines and autism rages on, and readers differed sharply about Amanda Peet’s advocacy for immunization. Argued Kristin Billerbeck of Saratoga, Calif.: “She misses the point. No one is suggesting the elimination of vaccines. What we mothers want is toxin-free vaccines administered sensibly, not six at a time.” Adds Stephanie Grace of Cincinnati: “Peet just won’t listen to parents who have watched their children spiral down into the depths of autism after being vaccinated.” Favorable reactions included Kathryn Krase’s of Brooklyn, N.Y.: “Kudos to Amanda Peet for speaking out. I respond better to information than hysteria.” And Linda Grand of Palm City, Fla., summed it up: “All parents must actively research the facts in order to do what’s best for their children.”


In our Jan. 12 issue, we misidentified Dr. Roger Gould of Shrink Yourself.com. In our tribute to the fallen men and women of the Armed Forces in the Dec. 29 year-end issue, we erroneously stated that Army Col. Stephen Scott was in the Marine Corps. In the same article, we misspelled the city Bayamon, P.R. In our “Looking Ahead: What’s Next?” section we misidentified Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper.

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