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For her 40th birthday in October 2011, Khadijah Tribble had one wish: to jump out of an airplane.
“I had been planning the event for four months,” Tribble recalled.
The jump never happened. But it wasn’t because of a last-minute fear of heights or poor weather. It was the excess body weight she was carrying. At more than 300 pounds, she was 70 pounds over the skydiving company’s recommended weight.
For African-American girls who grew up in her hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., being “big-boned,” or “thick,” was something to be desired. Her cousins, who were thinner,