Rick Reilly hit the nail on the head with The Fat of the Land (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 15). As an exercise physiologist, college P.E. instructor and owner of a personal training business, I can't tell you how many parents call to inquire about personal training services for their overweight 13-year-olds. Don't they realize that they created the problem with $5 Happy Meals and $200 video games? I guess they think that spending $65 an hour on a trainer will fix the problem.
LISA KUESEL TRAYNOR, Malvern, Pa.
My wife, Patty, uses the acronym NOP for Nation of Porkers, which is what the good old U.S.A. is becoming. TV, computers, chips and cookies have replaced driveway hoops, sandlot baseball, fruits and vegetables. The NOP begins with parents making excuses.
SAM ARDERY, Bloomington, Ind.
As a nursing student who studies childhood obesity and the diseases that come with it, I applaud LeBron James for his campaign against this problem. It's good that at least one athlete is concerned with the impression he makes on the athletes—and nonathletes—of tomorrow.
JULIE LINTON, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Not long ago I was a "Little Leaguer so fat his blood type [was] Chee-tos." However, in the last three years I've started running, lifting weights and watching what I eat. The results have been phenomenal.
ALEX LURIE, Minneapolis
I am a 17-year-old in the top 10 of my class, a former baseball and soccer all-star, a participant in multiple honor choirs and a youth baseball coach, all while working at a local card shop. While I weigh more than 220 pounds, I can still run a 7:40 mile and beat half of my 14-and 15-year-old team members around the bases. Well, if Reilly wants to start doing my homework and handling my baseball practices, singing rehearsals, shifts at the shop and the 7� hours at school that I must juggle every day, then he can tell me how fat and incapable I am.
MIKE STEELE, Elk Grove, Calif.
Reilly should stop worrying about our youth being in poor shape. We've obviously decided to raise them for veal.
DON GISSELBECK, Missoula, Mont.