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Hungry for More: A Keeping-it-Real Guide for Black Women on Weight and Body Image Paperback – November 11, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (November 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051491
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"noteworthy title"! -- Black Issues Book Review Dec/Jan

"this book has a wealth of usable information." -- RawSistaz.com

From the Author

Hungry for More is for anyone who struggles with their weight, is constantly dieting, unhappy with the way they look and yearning for a quick fix. This is how my sister Cathy felt. She ended up dying to be thin. Hungry for More is a tribute to Cathy and the millions like her who are looking for hope and help.

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When it comes to loosing weight, Robyn definitely wants us to keep it real!
Cheryl Robinson
This is a very important book in light of the Hollywood media showing all the celebrities that have supposedly had successful GBS, like Al Roker and Carnie Wilson.
Laurie Brieger
From start to finish, this book is captivating, informative, and also entertaining.
Author: Sherri Clark

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on December 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Robyn McGee's HUNGRY FOR MORE is a guide to help African-American women make informed choices when deciding to live healthy and lose weight. Ms. McGee's book begins by telling readers about her sister, Cathy, who underwent gastric bypass surgery, but whose heart wasn't strong enough for this type of surgery and she died trying to find a quick and surefire method to lose weight. Cathy is one of many African-American women who are opting to have gastric bypass after many years of yo-yo dieting and trying everything imaginable to lose weight. Ms. McGee advocates losing weight in a slow manner with changes in eating habits, behavioral modification and exercise. She wants to give African-American women and women of color options for long-term weight loss and this book is a testament for her sister.

With nine chapters, an introduction, forward and afterword, the author covers many phases on living healthy and weight loss. In Chapter Two, "From the Motherland to Mickey D's", discusses how African-Americans have gradually become obese over time, especially in a culture of sedentary life. Chapter Four, "Digging Our Graves With Our Forks", examines the ways depression, racism and sexual abuse have contributed to obesity and how important dealing with these issues can change the continuum. And the final chapter, "Generation Triple XL", looks at the overweight problems of African-American children. Although I only highlighted a few of the chapters, this book has a wealth of usable information.

HUNGRY FOR MORE is informative and gives us the history of obesity in the African-American community as well as statistical information to validate the author's findings. With several case studies, she is able to convey her information from an individual and emotional standpoint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Eve on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Wow! I really enjoyed reading this book. It is wonderful! Having gone from chubby to obese more than once, I was particularly interested in how this author would handle the subject and to her credit she never hit a false or patronizing note. The advice was solid but never condescending. What I particularly liked was the fact that there was no "one size fits all" reason for being fat, overweight, obese etc. It is my personal belief that with most people it involves a varying combination of factors with each person having their own particular mix. Ms. McGee delineated each "reason" with skill, knowledge and compassion and gave excellent advice as to where to go to get help and counsel. Plus it's a good read to boot! Any way it got me to thinking about some long overdue changes that I needed to make personally and after hemming and hawing mightily, I have lost 15lbs. It's a good start.. Thank you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Brieger on November 2, 2005
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This is a very important book in light of the Hollywood media showing all the celebrities that have supposedly had successful GBS, like Al Roker and Carnie Wilson. What the media doesn't show is the down side to the surgery such as the possibility that even though these people have had weight loss surgery, they can always gain the weight right back or in Robyn's sister's case, lose their life..since black women are among the leaders in obesity, this book is an especially important one for them as it is reported in the book that more and more African American women are having cosmetic surgery as well as the stomach surgery. The writer did an excellent job in giving out important information about this surgery and at the same time one can feel her pain over losing her sister...I predict this book will do well!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Author: Sherri Clark on January 5, 2006
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I just couldn't put this book down! From start to finish, this book is captivating, informative, and also entertaining. It reveals the weight-loss struggles that many ethnic women of today are faced with and what we can do to overcome them and love ourselves and our bodies without having to seek many drastic and often fatal measures. Any and all women can benefit from reading this work of genius!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Marincovich on November 2, 2005
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Ms McGee paints a portrait for us. By experiencing the loss of her sister due to gastric bypass, she explores alternative means of weight loss. She points out behavior modification, and many other means as a weight control solution, rather than drastic measures such a gastric bypass. People obviously do not realize the tremendous risk involved, and only see the hype on TV and magazines as a quick fix.
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By Cheryl Robinson on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Hungry for More serves as a guide to help African American women make informed choices when deciding to loose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Robyn gives us a reality check when she tells us about her sister, Cathy, who underwent gastric bypass surgery, but died when her heart was not strong enough to handle this type of quick weight-loss surgery. The book is chock full of medical facts and plenty of resources and references. There is a very informative discussion on obesity in minorities and raising obese children that really makes you think about the issues. The book also has many personal stories from people Robyn interviewed. Obese women must realize that the weight did not go on overnight and cannot be removed over night. Robyn advocates loosing weight slowly and exercising, while changing eating habits and behavioral modification. Most of the information is what we have heard before--it just needs to sink in. I especially enjoyed "Rob's Recommendations" at the end of each chapter. When it comes to loosing weight, Robyn definitely wants us to keep it real!
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