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.
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
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.