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I re­mem­ber watch­ing Brooke Shields (“I Got Out Pretty Un­scathed”, 30 Septem­ber) as a kid and mar­vel­ling. I loved her ab­so­lute frank­ness and ir­rev­er­ence in your in­ter­view. Seema Menon

Delhi, In­dia

Can You Feel the Burn? (30 Septem­ber) high­lighted a cru­cial is­sue for young peo­ple. I’m 15 and all my friends fol­low fit­ness mod­els on In­sta­gram, com­par­ing their own, per­fectly healthy bod­ies with these women who have been glam­or­ised as the ideal shape – toned abs, thigh gaps, round mus­cu­lar bums. Some friends have even had con­ver­sa­tions about what plas­tic surgery they want to have. Why are we teach­ing young peo­ple to hate their bod­ies? Name and ad­dress sup­plied

I’m 17 and be­gan work­ing out daily to on­line videos at 14, get­ting sucked into an ob­ses­sion where I forced my­self to work out (in se­cret) to the point of ex­haus­tion. The fit­ness gu­rus I fol­lowed posted ev­ery day, and missing a day made me feel a fail­ure. I kept on de­spite in­jur­ing my achilles, hips and knees. My pe­ri­ods stopped, my weight fell and I pri­ori­tised ex­er­cis­ing over every­thing else.

I only re­alised it wasn’t nor­mal when we dis­cussed orthorexia at col­lege. I am now on the road to re­cov­ery, and join­ing a gym has helped ex­er­cise be­come fun again, but I still find it hard to take rest days. Name and ad­dress sup­plied Wow. Marni Seno­fonte, su­per-stylist in­deed (Through The Look­ing Glass, 30 Septem­ber). Does she have match­ing out­fits for all her fur­ni­ture? Ian McTag­gart


Bella Freud launches her “new Psy­cho­anal­y­sis fra­grance and can­dle” (Q&A, 30 Septem­ber). Nice. My great­grand­fa­ther worked in a ship­yard. I’m launch­ing a range called Rivet. Lucy Har­land

By email

I liked your ar­ti­cle on di­vorce for twen­tysome­things (What I’m Re­ally Think­ing, 30 Septem­ber). Gail Sheehy had it right in her book Pas­sages. We need dif­fer­ent re­la­tion­ships as we progress through life. Mar­riage li­cences should be given for two, five or 20 years. At the end they must be reap­plied for to re­main valid – or you just walk away to re­move the stigma of fail­ure in di­vorce.

Bill Quam

By email Charles McDow­ell (That’s Me In The Pic­ture, 30 Septem­ber) “didn’t know Pop Vin­cent, the girl I’m push­ing into the pond… I just thought it would be rather amus­ing”. I won­der what she would say about that. Alan Kip­ping

Lon­don E4

Ben­jamin David’s Ex­pe­ri­ence about swim­ming to work (30 Septem­ber) did not re­veal how he got home. An in­fi­nite sup­ply of bikes at the of­fice? Tony Mea­cock


Howard Ja­cob­son (“I’m In Two Minds About Fish”, 30 Septem­ber): if the fish’s eyes are closed it’s not a fish. They don’t have eye­lids. Andy Pick­er­ing

Oakley, Bucks

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