Since many of us carry cell phones everywhere, it’s easier than ever to see flawless photos of happy, young, able-bodied thin people. Such images can even ruin your day if you let them, because social media teaches us to compare: our homes, our jobs, our vacations, our bodies. Meanwhile, you feel like you’re struggling to be thin, like it will never happen. But does it need to? A growing movement is changing the way people think about their bodies thanks to body positivity, Health At Every Size, and a closer look at cultural attitudes toward non-thin people and where those attitudes come from.
In the books Your Body, Your Best Friend: End the Confidence-Crushing Pursuit of Unrealistic Beauty Standards & Embrace Your True Power by Erica Mather and Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir by Ariella Elovic readers can expect to learn more about rejecting comparisons and championing the bodies they have.
If you go on a body self-acceptance journey, you’re likely to run into naysayers who claim people in big bodies are out of shape. Not so fast! Read about the journeys of fit fat bodies in Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Ward and Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have by bodybuilder Louise Green. These athletes will point out that the purpose--and joy--of movement doesn’t have to be tied to shame about the size of your body.
But we don’t obsess over our size thanks to TV and Instagram alone. It’s part of the culture. If you want to take a closer look at societal attitudes and why they’re toxic, check out Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West and Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, PhD.
Other books in the MPHPL collection on this subject:
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary
Eat Cake. Be Brave. by Melissa Radke
More Than a Body: Your Body is an Instrument, Not an Ornament by Lexie and Lindsay Kite