10 Must Read Body Positivity Books
“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”- Amy Bloom-
Confidence comes from within, external factors should not influence how you feel about yourself. Therefore, if you view your body in a negative light, this could have a negative impact on other areas of your life. If you want to facilitate your self love journey, take a look at some of the suggested books in this article. They are some of the best body positivity books on the market, let them inspire, and motivate you to change the way you think about your body.
Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor
In the book Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, they outline the toxic stigma placed upon certain body types. They argue against fad diets, encourage you to stop thinking about “weight” and start thinking about health in a holistic way. Health is not just about physical health, it is also vital to remember that health is also about emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary
In “Beautiful You” Rosie Molinary has devised an action packed 365 day self acceptance plan. Encouraging women to shun the unrealistic standard of beauty that has been perpetuated by the media, and instead focus on total self love, and acceptance. This book gives you the necessary practical tools to change the way you think about your body.
Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller
“BigGirl” is a personal memoir by Kelsey Miller. She tells the story of how her self loathing, and overall self hate ultimately lead her into a down spiral of disordered eating, and crash dieting. With the help of a lifestyle coach, she managed to work her way out of the negative cycle she was in. An inspirational book for anyone suffering with body image issues. Grab a copy !
How to Be Body Confident
When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies: Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession by Jane R. Hirschmann, Carol H. Munter
This book will empower you to stop hating your body, and start loving yourself from within. It provides you with practical tips on how you can effectively end the war on food and weight obsession, and become free from self hatred.
The Body Project by Joan Jacobs -Brumberg
In the Body Project by Joan Jacobs-Brumberg, she delves deep into the history of body image. She particularly focuses on attitudes towards the female body throughout history in the United States. She highlights how attitudes have changed and evolved over the years, giving us an insight into different attitudes and behavioural patterns from the 1800's to the present time.
Gifts of Imperfection By Brene Brown
New York Times Best Selling Author Brene Brown provides a potent, encouraging and inspiring insight into how to harness our own inner powers. To believe that imperfections are what make us unique therefore, instead of trying to perfect our imperfections, we should embrace them in order to realize that we are enough. An excellent read, inspirational and thought provoking.
Shrill by Lindy West
Shrill is a humorous, yet thought provoking book about the struggles that Lindy West faced growing up as a shy overweight girl, to becoming an activist for body positivity and self awareness. She outlines how to face struggles with body image, self image, as well as the trials and tribulations of life, and come out smiling. This book will have you laughing and crying
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolfe
In the book The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolfe, writer and journalist Naomi Wolfe highlights the issues that face women today. Namely the social control that has resulted in many women struggling with body image and self esteem. Leading to women all over the world chasing an unrealistic standard of beauty. She encourages women to shun this beauty standard in order to live a more fulfilling, anxiety free life.
Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto
Coal to Diamonds is a beautifully written, candid memoir of the life of international icon, Beth Ditto. The book is poignant, direct, humorous and inspirational. An honest account of Beth's life from growing up in rural Arkansas to her wildly successful career as the front woman for indie rock band Gossip. The story inspires us to live life unapologetically, and to love ourselves despite what others may think.
SparkleFat by Melissa May
SparkleFat by Melissa May is a collection of poems about being fat and proud. Some of them are beautiful, and awe inspiring, some of them are painful and dark. However, the main premise of the book is, do not hide yourself because you are overweight, embrace it, celebrate it, love it, own it.
This wonderful selection of books will encourage and inspire you. They will provoke discussion, and entice you to reflect on how you perceive yourself as a woman, as a man, as a human being.