Kudos to Demi for her courage and the discipline it takes to stay in such fantastic shape.
Sunny Kreis, Santa Monica, Calif.
Your issue with Demi Moore could not have come at a better time for me. I just had my 41st birthday, and luckily I don't look it. Most people assume I'm at least 10 years younger. It's a reality check to say my real age out loud, but it's easier when I can point to women like Demi.
Christine Carney, San Diego, Calif.
While I agree with those who gush about Demi Moore's spectacular figure, let's, however, call a spade a spade. She's a gazillionaire who can afford nutritionists, world-class health spas and probably a personal trainer living next door. I, like most 40-year-old women, use self-determination, Weight Watchers and creative use of makeup, all while trying to stay within a decent budget.
Lucy Balandis, via e-mail
Thanks, PEOPLE, for finally writing a positive story on Demi Moore's decision to parent her children by leaving Hollywood behind for a bit. I'm a stay-at-home mom and fellow Idahoan, and we are proud of her. Keep up the good parenting, Demi.
Alyssa C. Fogg, Wilder, Idaho
I didn't like the way you handled your cover story. PEOPLE focused on Demi turning 40 as though 40 were a disease. Well, it's one most of us are going to get. I don't blame her for retreating to Idaho, where she can live a normal life, away from the mindless gossip.
Stephanie Tomazic, Lakewood, Ohio
With her financial assets, Demi can look any way or pay for anything she wants. Lucky her. Meanwhile, back to the diet.
Nancy Eckhoff, Sweet Springs, Mo.
Your special report was awesome. I shared it with my kids, who shared it with the neighbors, and all the moms were talking about it. Not only that, you published it before Halloween, which was perfect timing.
Angie Bravo, Weston, Fla.
I was an overweight child and treated very unkindly by my peers. You're right when you say children need to move around and exercise more. With the involvement of family and friends, these kids should be able to get the help they need to survive.
Jennifer M. Stuart, South Norwalk, Conn.
Your article about overweight children both saddened and enraged me. Allowing a 5-year-old to eat steak, two eggs and hash browns at one sitting is nothing short of child abuse. Parents need to get out of denial and learn how to say no!
Leslie Keller, Newport News, Va.
As an elementary school teacher, I am appalled by your article featuring 14-year-old Lauren Makowski. To think that a teacher would have her student sit on the floor for a week, waiting for a desk to fit her, is horrifying. They have succeeded in lowering this child's self-esteem. Educators are supposed to make a positive difference in the lives of children, no matter what their physical appearance may be.
Mary V. Pilla, Tappan, NY.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
I sincerely hope that Ben Affleck and J.Lo do not get married, for Ben's sake. She's been married twice. I hope Ben comes to his senses and sees her for what Jennifer really is—a player.
Marissa Zayas, Irvington, N.Y.
Enough! I care so little about whatever relationship exists between Jennifer and Ben. My PEOPLE subscription is paid in full, so I have little recourse but to endure and line the birdcage with expensive paper week after week.
Pam Luster, Fort Worth, Texas
As a chronic asthmatic who was just released from the hospital for the sixth time since 1992, I read with interest the story of Wynonna Judd. I found myself frantically taking notes of her tips in the article. I'm feeling better about my recovery already. There is always hope.
Terri Rimmer, Fort Worth, Texas
Diane and Steve Sprigg
What a refreshing story. Diane and Steve Sprigg truly know what it is to be a family. In a world where the rich have nannies, these wonderful people are taking time to raise their kids and are doing a terrific job.
Susana Lichter, Nogales, Ariz.