Designated Fat Girl: A Memoir

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Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages

A brutally honest memoir of life as an obese woman—
the pain, humiliation . . . and hope



Jennifer Joyner was slowly killing herself with food. She didn’t know what to fear more: dying, or knowing that she was causing her own death. She was powerless to stop. She weighed 336 pounds. She had uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure. She’d lost jobs and friendships, and her marriage was hanging by a thread. She disgusted herself. She couldn’t even attempt a sex life. She’d never felt so desperate or alone.


Designated Fat Girl tells her story. It is a painfully honest account of Joyner’s experiences as an obese woman—of always having to buy new 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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Two very different subjects but the right level of reading depth I was in the mood for this weekend. I started with Joyner’s on Friday and packed a dead-tree copy of Salomon’s for a walk when I knew ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jennifer Joyner is a journalist with more than 16 years experience covering the news in North and South Carolina. She has been a television reporter, morning radio show co-host, news director, and featured writer. For the past 10 years, she has worked for WRAL-TV, one of the largest CBS affiliates in the country, where she helps gather news for the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville markets. She also anchors morning newscasts for two radio stations in Fayetteville, one of which, WZFX-FM, is one of the most dominant urban radio stations in the southeastern United States. She is a featured writer for, which according to The Media Audit, is the number one news Web site in the nation in market penetration. Joyner also chronicles her personal journey at She lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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