Dear Editor:

Although I feel that Shannon Sorrels is correct in some of her observations of us "fat people" ("Warning: Change your habits now," AFN, Aug. 25) she is sadly mistaken in most of her comments saying we carry $500 purses, $300 cell phones, and that we are manicured and well taken care of. I have none of that but I am overweight. Shannon, were you just talking about the people who live in Ahwatukee? Or Scottsdale? What about the parents who raised their kids on beans, potatoes and spam just to feed them? And now that is what comforts them when they are down.

I look in the mirror every day! And I thank God that I can afford to pay my gym membership so I can work out everyday to lose that 1 pound a week. It doesn't just take people one month to gain the weight. And it doesn't just take them one month to lose it. Where do you get off? And how much does that certified personal trainer cost a month that you are endorsing? A month's rent for some "fat person" I'm sure. I seriously doubt you care that much about the "fat people" you had a deadline to meet ... right?

Tatum Padilla

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My intention was to deliver a wakeup call to people using time and/or money as an excuse to postpone getting healthy. It was not my intention to anger you – particularly since, given the stated fact that you go to a gym regularly, you were not the intended target audience of the column.

I have NEVER claimed that a person has to spend money to get healthy nor have I ever claimed that a personal trainer is a requisite to health. I assure you the impetus behind my columns is either free, honest information or motivation. If someone chooses to reach out to me for additional support, that’s wonderful and I’m happy for the opportunity – but it has never been an expectation.

I also assure you there are plenty of people walking around very deep in denial about their health. I worry for them – not their aesthetics, their health. I’ve seen what decades of denial can do and it’s not pretty.
I actually do care about people. If I didn’t, I would have a different job.

Oh… and I triple re-read the column and nowhere could I find me calling anyone “fat people” or “fat person” as you quoted. What I did say was “look, s/he’s fatter” referring to how some people avoid taking action because someone else is bigger so they must not have a problem. I think that’s different than what you were insinuating.

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