The first thing I am going to tell about Hunger is that it is a memoir written by someone who´s had a very difficult life. The book is about Roxane Gay, her relationship with food and overcoming the image of fatness but is also about adding a third dimension to the word fat that most of us don´t even bother to think about.
She explains in her book many things regarding her food addiction and how she got to weight 577 pounds with a height of little over 6 feet, but most crucially, she explains how she was gang-raped by the boy she liked, and her friends and food became her shelter. She explains, after the disturbing scene how she felt safer as she saw herself fatter. She was only 12 when the event happened in a hunting cabin in Nebraska, where she grew up, and her catholic raising made her feel guilty about her sexual abuse. She didn´t even tell her parents until many years later, in change, she found shelter in food.
There is a special bound that is ethereal throughout the book, but if you read carefully, you might be able to catch it: she is speaking as a woman in the voice of a writer and her prose is what made that broken woman powerful. She hated herself for a long time and was involved in food orgies more than she can remember. There was a sense of hiding she felt very comfortable, but it was her writing that unleashed her true power.
The third dimension to the fatness problem, especially in a society like ours in the United States makes us wonder which the reason behind obesity in each case is. It is not as simple as we think it is. Someone who is obese or morbid obese is not just someone who has no respect for her body or common social and esthetic parameters; it has more to do with screaming out loud there´s a big problem they cannot say with words.