The person told you that you “look like you’ve gained weight.” There are a lot of reasons why women have negative body images, but no matter what, it’s always unpleasant and frustrating.
A bad look affects everything in your life, from what you wear to how well you do at work. When you start talking bad about yourself, it’s easy to get caught up in negative thoughts. The benefits of changing your mindset far outweigh the negative body shaming. Here are 10 books that will help you get through this discomfort with your body and start to love your body again.
This book takes a more scientific look at body image, but it also talks about some big problems that women have all the time. As a country, we keep hearing about the obesity epidemic that’s taking place in the United States. Instead, we should be focusing on accepting other body types and promoting health no matter how big or small they are. This one took me on a wild ride, finally letting go of a lot of body-anxiety I’ve always had but didn’t understand.
The Gifts of Imperfection
Most people know that Brene Brown is my favorite self-help/nonfiction author, but you might not know that. Every one of her books has made a big difference in my life. This one talks about how to accept our flaws and use them to our advantage. A lot of people tell us what to do and who we should be. Brene Brown says we can be who and what we want to be.
The Romance Diet: Body Image and the Wars We Wage On Ourselves
This book is about body image, but it also talks about many other things in our lives and how they affect our body image. It’s a book about Allison’s journey to lose weight and how it affects her relationships and how she sees herself. For both of them, it’s a love story.
It’s great! A story! When Plum, an overweight woman, has her weight loss surgery, she will be able to be happy with herself for the first time in years. Dietland tells her story. Then, she meets a woman and learns about a group of women who don’t follow society’s rules and ideas about what women should look like and be. When you buy this book, you’ll get more than just body image. You will also get a sense of what it means to be beautiful, and you’ll be able to do that for yourself.
Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image
This book talks about how body image and race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality work together. It talks about how our world would be different if women always defied the norms of beauty that were set for us. It’s truly amazing.
Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life
Big Girl is a memoir about a twenty-something who gives up dieting and learns how to feed her body with food instead. Miller is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. She also has a lot of knowledge that is very relatable. In the audiobook, Miller reads. Hearing it all in her own voice is truly amazing and so powerful.
Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass
Finally, Jes Baker has read another great body image book! It was this one that really hit home with me. I’ve always been a fan of her. She talks about what it was like to be overweight as a child, and how it has affected other parts of her life, like dating. Everybody can learn something from this. She’s a real queen, and everyone can learn something from this.
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
There are times when you just need someone to tell you it’s OK to take up space. Tell us to be quiet and sweet as women. This is a book that all fans of Beyonce and feminist icons should read. Lindy West says, “No, I’ll do my own thing.”
This was written eight years ago, but it still holds true. Sigh. There are 365 ways we can start to love and accept ourselves, both inside and out, that Molinary gives us. This is a good book to keep on your nightstand so that you can read it every morning when you’re in your meditation time.
Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight This book has started a movement to show people that it is possible to be healthy and overweight at the same time. People can be healthy and overweight at the same time. In this book, I learned that I should put my health above everything else.
The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
Is it because you don’t like your body that you have to apologize for how you look? Then read this book. Radical self-love is what the author says in this book. When you have a lot of love for yourself, you don’t just have a lot of confidence, self-esteem, or self-acceptance. Is something we are born with and it’s not just about loving ourselves. It works on both a personal and a larger scale.
The more you judge your body, the more you judge other people’s bodies as well. Because of the way social, political, and economic systems are set up, we don’t know that we’re body shaming people without realizing it. This book will help you see things in a new way and set you free.
Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe
If you think you need to lose weight and shrink in order to be happy, read this book. Instagram star @bodyposipanda wrote this book. The author says that the real way to happiness is to love the body you have. After years of struggling with anorexia and fluctuating weight, the author decided to stop dieting and deal with her body shame and self-hatred.
When the author talks about fat acceptance and body positivity, she talks about her struggles and how she came to love herself, even though it was hard at first. This isn’t all. She also gives advice on how to see yourself in a new way. People who have problems with their weight will be able to relate to this book.