Jennifer Hudson Signs Deal to Write Weight Loss Memoir

But with such a remarkable life story, should so much of the focus be based on her size?

By Asraa Mustufa Jun 08, 2011

Jennifer Hudson has already got an impressive list of accomplishments: Winner of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and one of the world’s most beautiful people. Now she can add another title to her résumé: author. The former American Idol finalist has signed a book deal to write an inspirational memoir about her weight loss journey.

The book, due out in January, will detail how the actress, singer, and Weight Watchers spokeswoman lost 80 pounds in about a year’s time. According to a press release by the publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group, the memoir will chronicle Hudson’s changing attitudes towards healthy living while growing up, through her professional accomplishments, and after the birth of her son. It will offer advice on losing and maintaining weight and exercising.

News of the book deal first came out last month when Hudson demanded an apology via Twitter from the website Bossip, which ran a report saying that publishers were more interested in having her write about her weight loss than about the tragic 2008 murders of several of Hudson’s family members.

While we at Colorlines are big fans of Hudson and see no harm in her offering healthy living advice to the public, we hope that, like others before her, she’s not letting too much of the focus be based on her size, instead of on her remarkable strides as an artist and life story.