Plus Stephen Collins
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
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
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.
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
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