It’s taken a while but I’m back with a book-post (the last one I posted was when I was still in New Orleans, which means it was over a year ago, which means that I almost had to give up my name “veganandherbooks”).
Today, I want to introduce to you a book that is life-changing, uplifting and inspiring.
I’m talking about Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe.
I discovered this book when I was working. I’d been following Megan (@bodyposipanda) for a while on Instagram when one day, at work, I saw her book come in. It is bright pink and has her face plastered on the front of it so it was hard to miss. At the time I was in a bit of a funk, thinking about how I hate parts of my body and I was letting it ruin my week. I saw her book and something in me told me to buy it. Since I already knew her from Instagram I figured it could only be a positive book all about self-acceptance.
It was that. And so much more. The book starts with telling the reader all about the diet industry and the money involved in making women believe they have to reduce their size as much as possible. She covers the history, which is extremely fascinating and eye opening. She also shares personal experiences with dieting, eating disorders and body image issues. One part that I particularly enjoyed was the one where she had different people tell their stories, highlighting a certain lesson to be learned from their experiences. In the end she doesn’t just leave the reader hanging, she provides an entire chapter with helpful tips to start your body positivity journey right.
So why read this book? Isn’t there enough body positivity information out there? First of all, this book, while mainly directed at women, also covers body issues that men may have, which is a welcome change from the female-dominated conversation.
Second, she manages to take an objective position from which many problems in diet culture and society can be viewed as subconscious morality issues. To provide an example: when she discusses the current “health/fitspo” culture she states the following:
“Exercise is not a moral imperative, and your physical health has no bearing on whether you deserve to feel good about yourself. You do, always.” – Crabbe
And this brings me to my next point: the book not only deals with the usual weight loss trends that have been prevalent for years, she also deals with current over-exercising trends and more.
One last thing I really appreciate about the book is how she’s indicated when certain parts may be too confronting for people still in recovery. I could read it all but I like to think that when I share this book with people who are still recovering from eating disorders or body issues, they will take her advice and read on where indicated.
I’ve had body issues for years. Ever since I was 10 or 11 years old and my sudden weight gain forced me to start dieting. From that moment on I was always aware of the fact that I was a bit bigger than most of my friends. And years later, that I was more curvy (And yes, still bigger) despite eating healthy and exercising. During depression I engaged in restricting, binge eating and more unhealthy behavior. I have always, and possibly always will have, issues with certain facial features. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t want to see pictures of myself from the side for fear of seeing my nose and chin and spiraling down in a day of self-hatred.
I’ve been learning to accept my body slowly for a long time but reading Body Positive Power has really pushed me on. It’s given me so much more confidence in being body positive. It’s taught me to learn to accept my body and appreciate it for everything it does for me. It’s highlighted over and over again how the way you look, the way in which your body happens to be, doesn’t define you or your worth. It’s a must-read for any woman that wants to let go of the self-deprecating, body-negative lifestyle and feels they need a little push to get them where they want to be.