4 Questions With Radio Personality Big Boy

The radio vet shares his 300-pound weight-loss story in An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size.

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I tell people that your life is like a credit card: Whether it's drinking, smoking, unsafe sex, eating or just wild living, you can keep charging and charging and charging, but one day that statement is going to come in. And what we have to ask ourselves is, what is going to be the price we have to pay?

TR: What kind of feedback are you getting from your fans about your book? 

BB: I keep hearing the word "inspirational," and that's crazy. You never write a book and think, "I'm going to inspire people." But it's not a weight-loss book, you know. I talk about my single mother, who had seven kids. There was no dad around; we were homeless at points and had no money. But we were affluent with love and hugs.

So it's that book that's, like, if you're morbidly obese, OK. If you're just trying to get somewhere in life, then OK. It's about overcoming obstacles and knowing how to celebrate life. And I'm not speaking from a mountaintop. I'm also speaking to me when I speak to other people.

Akoto Ofori-Atta is The Root's assistant editor.

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