My editor's page asking readers to talk about their relationship with the calorie has produced some fascinating letters. No surprise: many have to do with weight loss. Stephanie, below, has seen at close quarters the cost of obsessive calorie-watching:
I eat everything in moderation; the chef in me won't consider giving up anything for good, so once in a while, I have some baguette or some good Tuscan bread with my soups and stews. I'm 46 now, at 5'9" and 140 lbs and after four children, I am the same weight I was when I graduated high school. I learned from my sister's struggles that calorie counting can become an obsession. Really, I think calorie counting serves as a distraction from one of life's great pleasures: a good meal.
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