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Hungry for More, Robyn McGee, 1580051499
Hungry for More
A Keeping-It-Real Guide for Black Women on Weight and Body Image

Robyn McGee, Foreword by Jocelyn Elders

ISBN: 1580051499
Format: Paperback, 218pp
Pub. Date: December 2005
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
List Price: $13.95
 
 
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FROM THE PUBLISHER

Blending kitchen table wisdom and her own experience in losing her sister to gastric bypass surgery, author Robyn McGee explores the historical and cultural roots of obesity among black women, offering practical guidelines to weight loss and living a more healthy and balanced life.
Though she advocates a slow and steady approach to weight loss under a doctor's supervision and a commitment to exercise, healthy eating, support groups, and therapy, she also understands that many black women, like her sister, will still choose the option of gastric bypass surgery despite the fact that 1 in 200 patients die from the surgeries.

McGee argues that a range of factors often lead to obesity in black women, including the problem of fat acceptance in the black community, historically negative images of black women, compulsive bingeing and purging, childhood sexual abuse, and a lack of attention to black women in the medical community.
With the memory of her sister's lifelong struggle with weight firmly in mind, McGee conveys to readers the importance of honoring themselves by making healthy choices, starting slow and being patient, seeking help when they need it, and finally, remembering that they are much more than a number on a scale.

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robyn inherited her love of literature from her mother, Orelda, an immigrant from Costa Rica and retired librarian, and her yearning to see and understand the globe from her father William, a retired U.S. Naval Chief Petty Officer.
The fifth of seven children, Robyn currently works as an advisor in the Women's Studies and Behavioral Science Departments at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and she frequently writes and lectures on women's issues and popular culture.
Robyn does regular fundraising for organizations benefiting women and children with AIDS, diabetes, breast cancer and domestic violence prevention. Partial proceeds from Hungry for More will be donated to the American Heart Association. Robyn lives with her daughter in Southern California.
Official website: www.robynwrites.com

 

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