Slim Down Sister: The African-American Woman's Guide to Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss
by Roniece Weaver, Fabiola Gaines, Angela Ebron

Plume Books; Reissue edition (January 1, 2001)
Rating: 5
Reviewer: H. Renay Anderson

From “A New Attitude” to “Slim Down Soul-Food Recipes” this book is filled with good and honest information that is meant to guide the African-American woman back on to the right track when it comes to slimming down. It is true that we are all created equal, but we are all unique in our own way. “Slim Down Sister” covers the issues of genetics and the African-American predisposition to certain types of illness. High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Stroke, Heart Disease just to name a few. The book touches on the African-American women’s perception of a healthy body. It is much different in most cases than that of women from other races. Many African-American women and men were brought up to think that “more meat on the bones” is what a fine healthy black woman should look like. The message in “Slim Down Sister” is not so much about losing weight in order to attract the right man. It is more about why it is absolutely necessary for African American women to get control of their weight in order to have longer and healthier lives. Looking good when you accomplish your goal is only an added benefit.

The authors Roniece Weaver, Fabiola Gaines, and Angela Ebron took an upfront approach when they wrote this book. They presented a powerful message in a carefully laid out way. When I first picked up the book to read it, I thought it was going to be just another book about exercising and eating right. In other words “boring”, but it was far from that! The book addressed all the issues that the African-American woman faces when it comes to maintaining her health and body. Besides providing some alternative recipes for some favorite meals, Ms.Weaver, Ms. Gaines, and Ms. Ebron added an Appendix titled “How to Establish a Church-Based Weight-Loss Program” to help make the transition into a healthier and happier life easier.

I really enjoyed reading “Slim Down Sister” and I will recommend it to my personal friends and family as well! My favorite parts of the book were the testimonials at the end of each chapter! This is a book that many readers will identify with and it will be a source of reference for the reader.