Designated Fat Girl: A Memoir

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Jennifer Joyner is slowly killing herself with food. She is powerless to stop. She weighs 336 pounds. She has uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure. She's lost jobs and friendships, and her marriage is hanging by a thread. She disgusts herself. She can't even attempt a sex life. She's never felt so desperate or alone. Designated Fat Girl is the painfully honest account of Joyner's most intimate experiences and private moments as an obese woman—of always searching for clothes that fit, pretending to order ...
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Overview

Jennifer Joyner is slowly killing herself with food. She is powerless to stop. She weighs 336 pounds. She has uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure. She's lost jobs and friendships, and her marriage is hanging by a thread. She disgusts herself. She can't even attempt a sex life. She's never felt so desperate or alone. Designated Fat Girl is the painfully honest account of Joyner's most intimate experiences and private moments as an obese woman—of always searching for clothes that fit, pretending to order for two people at drive-through fast-food joints, the constant cycle of binge and regret, not fitting into her wedding dress, the cruel comments. It's a story about her decision to have gastric bypass surgery and the resulting complications. In the end, it is also a story of recovery and survival.
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Editorial Reviews

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According to Joyner, a former TV reporter and radio host, American society doesn't take food addiction seriously, and in her engaging memoir, she reveals the incredible toll morbid obesity took on her life. Joyner paid dearly during her 16-year battle with food. She tallies the costs in ruined friendships, stalled professional advancement, rocky family relationships, and shattered self-esteem. ("Temptation would take over my will, and I would find myself eating, and I couldn't stop. I consciously knew that my actions were going to cause my death, and yet I couldn't force myself to abstain.") Finally, reaching 336 pounds, and her health in serious jeopardy, Joyner opts for gastric bypass surgery. The procedure resulted in serious postoperative complications; still it proved to be a turning point in her life. Joyner wrote the narrative as part of a healing process, no matter how humiliating. She gamely explores circumstances in her life accounting for her twisted logic surrounding food and happiness. She also explains that she hopes "that someone hanging on the edge like I was will read this and feel hopeful." (Sept.)
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"[A] brutally frank voice."—O, The Oprah Magazine "A no-holds-barred look at what it's really like to be addicted to food. Joyner spares no details in telling the story of how she spent years slowly killing herself. . . "—MarieClaire.com, "Editor's Blog" “[I]n her engaging memoir, [Jennifer Joyner] reveals the incredible toll morbid obesity took on her life. Joyner paid dearly during her sixteen-year battle with food. She tallies the costs in ruined friendships, stalled professional advancement, rocky family relationships, and shattered self-esteem. . . . She gamely explores circumstances in her life accounting for her twisted logic surrounding food and happiness.”—Publishers Weekly"So much of Jennifer Joyner is big: her heart, her spirit, her wit, her compassion. That's the stuff that really matters, the stuff we should worry about measuring. She's written a book that speaks to women of all sizes, in the voice of a dear and trusted friend. We live in a weight-obsessed and fat phobic world. It's easy to miss what's truly beautiful when all you can see are the numbers on the scale. I loved Jennifer's story. It's a really lovely book - I wish she lived next door!" --Sheri Lynch, cohost of the Bob & Sheri show, author of Be Happy or I’ll Scream! and Hello, My Name Is Mommy"A no-holds-barred look at what it's really like to be addicted to food. Joyner spares no details in telling the story of how she spent years slowly killing herself. . . . Her food addiction sent her weight to more than 300 pounds, lost her jobs, and ruined relationships with friends. She also talks about her decision to have gastric bypass surgery—and the resulting complications." —MarieClaire.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762759620
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 965,416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Joyner has been a television reporter, radio show cohost, news director, and writer in North and South Carolina for more than sixteen years. She anchors morning newscasts for two Fayetteville radio stations; gathers news for the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville markets for WRAL-TV, one of America's largest CBS affiliates; and is a featured writer for WRAL.com. Joyner also chronicles her personal journey at jenniferjoyner.com.
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Table of Contents

Prologue ix

1 Death Via Drive- Thru 1

2 Bingeing and Hiding 16

3 I'm Jennifer Joyner, and I'm Not on TV 28

4 The Tale of Three Weddings 46

5 Vanity Is a Luxury I Can't Afford 59

6 Work It Girl, Phase 10,280 76

7 Sex and the Fat Girl 104

8 Skulls and Crossbones 118

9 Life in the (Fat) Mommy Lane 145

10 Last Straws 165

11 Making It Up 182

12 Shipwrecked 214

13 Finally, the Dawn 225

Acknowledgments 248

About the Author 250

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    I don't think "a beautiful story" would be misleading.

    I don't think "a beautiful story" would be misleading.  For the most part, this book highlight's the author's struggle with food addiction and the damage it wreaked on her life.  The last chapter or two is devoted to winning that battle.  I enjoyed her honesty about the implications of morbid obesity in a woman's life as well as clear documentation of what food addiction actually looks like.  I also appreciated the emotional struggle she wrestled with toward the end of the book -- that of acknowledging the role food addiction plays as one's coping mechanism and a resolve to avoid self-abuse by other means.  It was a therapeutic book to read and I thank the author for her gracious honesty--it couldn't have been easy, but it was helpful and, in my opinion, a beautiful story.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Good

    It was an alright read. She jumps all over the place in the book and can be a tiny bit confusing but otherwise good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Very sad and hard to read

    This book had to be one of the hardest ive ever read. At times it is extremely depressing and sad. What Jennifer had to endure is so unfair. This book makes you ask, what is wrong with society? If you are not a perfect size four then people judge and boy do they. I saw a lot of myself in Jennifer as ive always struggled with my weight and was also teased as a child. If just one person that judges can read this and truly understand what overweight people go through, then this book has served its purpose. I applauded Jennifer's courage in writing this and sharing with the world her struggles and humiliatuon.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Must-read!

    I kept finding myself in Joyner's pages. I allowed myself to get almost to 300 pounds, and recently had lap band surgery. I know what it feels like to think that you're cheating if you seek medical/surgical assistance, and I also know what it feels like to realize that you're not cheating at all by getting said assistance. If you've ever been a binge eater or if you know someone who's seriously obese and want to know what it feels like, you'll want to read this book.

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