Letters: Oct. 14, 1996

DIET-PILL MANIA

"Redux is just a way for pharmaceutical companies to make money and for fat, lazy slobs to avoid eating right and exercising." CHRIS KELLY Stamford, Connecticut

Kudos to the developers of Redux and other obesity miracle drugs [HEALTH, Sept. 23]. Nonetheless, drugs they are, with side effects and limited usefulness. They are drastic solutions to avoidable problems. The real way to escape being overweight is prevention. Walk, run, bike, swim or row for half an hour a day and eat a proper diet. Live like a marathoner, and you'll look like one. JAY WIND Arlington, Virginia

As a 56-year-old...

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