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[Perspectives] On obesity: Roxane Gay’s Hunger

Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body is about obesity, but it is nothing like those books that celebrate more typical memoirs about the triumph of will over waist size. Gay writes instead about how, why, and when she became “super morbidly obese”, while also criticising conventional attitudes about weight. As she tells her own story, she confronts the widespread assumption that obese people are simply weak-willed. She encourages readers to think in more complex ways about the actual experiences of obese individuals and about obesity’s deep causes.