With brilliant wit and accessible language, Dionne reveals the dangers of fatphobia with Weightless. Diagnosed at age 29 with heart failure, doctors ignored her earlier symptoms, telling her instead that her problem is her weight. Dionne incorporates statistics and pop culture with her personal narrative to analyze how society demeans, alienates, and sometimes kills fat black women. Dionne is candid and collected, unapologetic and personable. This book is easy to read quickly, but I have thought of it for a long time since. It is an important read for anyone looking to understand fatphobia’s wide-reaching grasp on our society. Recommended by Nikita
A poignant and ruthlessly honest journey through cultural expectations of size, race, and gender—and toward a brighter future—from National Book Award nominee Evette Dionne
My body has not betrayed me; it has continued rebounding against all odds. It is a body that others map their expectations on, but it has never let me down.