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Jockey's Diet Should Not Be Publicized

January 05, 1997

I am writing in regard to your piece on Laffit Pincay, featured in the Guest Workout on Dec. 11.

Granted, a jockey needs to keep his or her weight down in order to qualify for weigh-ins. We've all seen the importance of less weight when it comes to riding swiftly on a horse. However, in today's American society, don't you find it a bit detrimental to lay out the details of such an athlete's dietary habits?

The Life & Style section has frequently featured stories on the issue of eating disorders, which, as research has proven, tend to be a problem primarily encountered by females.

There is an obvious correlation between the media and the self-image of women. Magazines and film and TV have provided enough encouragement toward deceptive body images. How hypocritical that you would publish an article that shows a photo of a man jogging while the text goes on about his 750-(max)-calorie-a-day diet and taking a bite of his wife's cake and then proceeding to "taste it and spit it out."

KATHRYN WALKER

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