Body Image

Body image, our perception of our own bodies, can be positive, negative, or neutral, but for many of us, it can be a subject of ongoing anguish. How we see ourselves, how we feel about the way we look, the thoughts and beliefs we have about our bodies, and the actions we take in relation to the way we look are all components of our body image. Body image can be affected by our mental health, relationships with others, cultural and societal messages, and a variety of other factors. Examining these factors and our corresponding assumptions about them can make a big difference in being able to appreciate—and even enjoy!—how we perceive ourselves.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . .

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

Weight loss is not the key to health; diet and exercise are not effective weight-loss strategies; and fatness is not a death sentence. Dr. Lindo Bacon and Dr.

Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body

From the leading bloggers in the fat-acceptance movement comes an empowering guide to body image—no matter what the scales say. When it comes to body image, women can be their own worst enemies, aided and abetted by society and the media.

Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life

At twenty-nine, Kelsey Miller had done it all: crash diets, healthy diets, and nutritionist-prescribed “eating plans,” which are diets that you pay more money for. She’d been fighting her un-thin body since early childhood, and after a lifetime of failure, finally hit bottom.

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

Fat isn’t the problem. Dieting is the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem. A medical establishment that equates “thin” with “healthy” is the problem. The solution? Health at Every Size.

Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating

In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-dollar industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health, and happiness.

Body Positive Power: Because Life Is Already Happening and You Don’t Need Flat Abs to Live It

Instagram star Megan Jayne Crabbe is determined to spread the word that loving the body you have is the real path to happiness.

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—and What We Can Do About It

Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, “fat” has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, “I called you crazy. I called you a bitch.

The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence: A Woman's Guide to Stressing Less, Weighing Less, and Loving More

As a culture obsessed with weight loss, we all know the latest fads that claim to help us drop pounds instantly. What often isn’t discussed is the science behind the issue and how learning to deal with stress can promote and accelerate weight loss.


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