I appreciated the information given in Kathleen Parker’s May 9 op-ed column, “Eating our way into a disaster.” It did, however, only consider one side to the thinness issue by discussing caloric input of high-glycemic food. I’m a 49-year-old woman, 5-foot-6 and 113 pounds. I eat and drink whatever I want, taking in more than 2,000 calories a day. I’m able to maintain my low body weight because I gave up driving two years ago in disgust over the BP oil spill disaster.

I ride my bike for all of my personal transportation, typically cycling 150 miles a week. The mileage I previously covered in a heavy, gas-powered car is now provided by my leg muscles; I burn a lot of food.

While most people are filling up their gas tank, I’m filling up my plate, including lots of bread and potatoes. Americans indeed eat too much food and eat too thoughtlessly. Yet, if they would get out of their cars, and walk or cycle instead, they wouldn’t be so fat.

Margaret Wohler, Alexandria

Regarding Kathleen Parker’s May 9 op-ed:

Obese people do not “waddle around,” as Parker suggested. Ducks waddle, and obese people walk just like people of other shapes and sizes. Parker also described fat as a plague, but is it really? Fat is crucial for our brains and plays an important role in protecting our internal organs. Last time I looked in the mirror, I thought the fat on my body made me beautiful. The tone of Parker’s piece provided more incentive for judging and belittling individuals who struggle with weight.

Laura S. Yochelson, Bethesda