Ugh, I read the sequel, in which he had slimmed down, before One Fat Summer. That kind of ruined 1FS for me (knowing that he got thin later). I was so mad at myself, because I picked up the sequel first because it didn't have fat in the title and I was nervous about being caught with a book about fat. So it was entirely my own fault for being so chicken. (So after I'd just hide between the stacks and read as much as I could in each visit and continue the next time, because that was so much braver *insert eye roll emoji here*Yes! I stole "One Fat Summer" from my elementary school library when I was a kid because I worried the school librarian would know that I was interested in more than just a story about a boy who loses weight after learning the value of hard work. And then I felt bad so I had to covertly sneak it back in (after I was done reading, of course).
Christopher Nicholson wrote ‘The Fattest Man in America’ novel.When I was growing up, there was a comic book series called "Herbie" about a fat kid who was really a superhero. Probably hard to find nowadays, but he was my role (roll?) model! There's also the fat character who is eating a huge meal and having an interesting interaction with his waitress in a short story called "Fat" by Raymond Carver, and the retired English professor who becomes massively fat after being fired from his teaching position and never leaves his home in the novel "Heft". And one of my favorites, "The Fattest Man in America" by a British author whose name I can't recall.