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Empowering Body-Positivity Books for Women

Check out these 8 books written by women that celebrate body positivity, embrace individuality, and encourage self-love.

As society projects rigid and unrealistic standards onto women, social media  simultaneously drives us to compare ourselves to others. Thus, it is easy to get caught up in negative thoughts about our appearance. I hope these empowering books offer you inspiration and courage in your journey to self-love. 

  1. Body Respect

Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor discuss factual and scientific aspects of health and nutrition. This is perfect for anyone finding that diets are the right lifestyle for them. She additionally guides readers through how societal conditions such as poverty and oppression significantly affect health. 

2. The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown takes her readers through guideposts of healthy living. She encourages the cultivation of self-acceptance and self-worth and offers her advice in applicable ways. 

3. Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance

Rosie Molinary uses a workbook format, offering her readers challenges and lessons for 365 days. This book is extremely interactive, as the reader is encouraged to be an active participant in uncovering their feelings through writing. 

4. Hunger

Roxanne Gay is beautiful in her honesty about the severe trauma she suffered and how that has affected her. She discusses barriers she has had to overcome during her journey to self-love. Hunger reminds us to be empathetic, as everyone has their unique struggles. 

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

Kelsey Miller recounts her experiences with body image struggles, describing various unruly relationships with diets. She reminds readers that everyone is imperfect and that we are always learning. Miller’s humor and empathy shows women that they are not alone in their struggles within diet culture. 

6. Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out—and Never Say Diet Again

Rebecca Scritchfield explores wellness in areas such as spirituality, gratitude, and self-compassion. This book is helpful to all perfectionists seeking self-compassion. Scritchfield passionately regards eating and exercises as loving rather than punishing. 

7. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living

Jes Baker urges us to acknowledge and refute the standards that have been entirely embedded within society; she offers us wisdom challenging the idea that one body is ideal and should be valued over another. 

8. Body Image Remix: Embrace Your Body and Unleash the Fierce, Confident Woman Within

Summer Innanen guides readers to unlearn Western societal messages surrounding beauty so that they can enjoy life. She gives concrete and simple steps that every woman should hear on her journey to self-acceptance. 

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