Obesity, fatness, overweightness, or whatever any layperson or medical professional wants to call it, has filtered throughout our country and impaired many a United States citizen with an array of health problems (“Pounding the Pavement,” 8/20).

I, too, have struggled for decades with a weight problem and wrestled with what to do. I realize that I can simply go on one of those useless diets and end up putting more weight on—or I can put a plan in action that is going to work for me. I do not accept my current weight as a final chapter of the book on my health, because I am taking a closer look at how my weight has influenced my life and am dealing with the situation on my own terms.

At least I don’t have to go chasing one suspect after another. Nor do I have to suffer shortness of breath trying to avoid being hurt by one. However, suspects, crooks, and criminals are part of the territory that our police officers have to deal with on a daily basis. This leaves little room for them to find ways to relieve mountains of stress, maintain a marriage and family, eat home-cooked meals, and get the proper amount of rest. Many police officers may only have enough time to say if they want fries with that greasy meal. All these problems amount to a recipe for disaster and increased medical problems that will eventually warrant care.

There is nothing funny about seeing a cop struggle to do his or her job. If anything, I fault the Williams administration for not providing police officers with enough rest breaks, incentives, or programs to lose weight, reduce stress, and improve the quality of their lives. Cops are people, too!

Nevertheless, our protectors must carry on as best they can. Anyone, who thinks so-called fat cops are a joke should take a good long look in his own back yard or, better yet, write the mayor a letter requesting that he factor into the city budget needed funds for weight-control and exercise programs that are effective enough to put our men and women in blue into top shape. These days, buildings can be repaired; cops with poor health are harder to reconstruct.

Southwest