Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal ( pages 1633, 1636, and 1700) are statements concerning the use of diets that have received considerable publicity in magazines intended for the lay population. One article discusses in some detail the components of the diet and their possible effects. Another stresses the availability of the services of the Council on Foods and Nutrition for advice on obesity problems. The third is a statement from a member of the institute at which the diet was studied. An earlier communication was published in The Journal, June 30, page 901. In view of the discussion that has been aroused, readers of The Journal undoubtedly will be interested in the three statements in this issue.