So, this is the year you’re saying NO to diet culture and YES to loving your body. Or, at the very least, you’re taking the first incredibly important steps toward acceptance. You’re going to show your kids what it means to love their bodies for what they can do, not what they look like.
You’ve set the goal, but now what?
In order to practice body positivity, you need to understand what it is and what it means for you. One of the best ways to do that is to start immersing yourself in it; learn about it, and see how other people are successfully integrating body positivity into their lives.
If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a simple first step: start with some body positive reads.
Body Positive Reads: Books
This list contains a variety of books approaching body positivity from many angles. Whether you’re looking for the evidence that supports body positivity, a “how-to” type guide to practicing body kindness, or an engaging memoir by a body image activist, you’ll be able to find something from this list that speaks to you.
- Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
- Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD
- Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD
- Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker
- Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller
- Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA
Body Positive Reads: Blogs
There are many, many blogs that focus on body positivity in some way, shape or form. This particular list is made up of blogs authored by Registered Dietitians who preach a non-diet approach to health and place a strong emphasis on having a healthy relationship with both food and your body.
Body Positive Podcasts
Okay, so I know Podcasts aren’t technically something that you read. But if you’re someone who’d rather listen than read (in the car, on a walk, while you’re cooking or cleaning…), these are for you!
- Body Kindness with Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
- Love, Food with Julie Duffy Dillon, RD
- Food Psych with Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN
- The BodyLove Project with Jessi Haggerty, RD
You can’t magically learn to love your body overnight, but step by step, little by little, as you immerse yourself in body positive culture, you will begin to see healthy changes in the way you view yourself. Remember:
Body confidence doesn’t come with a certain weight or shape. It comes when you like yourself more! Confidence grows when you treat yourself the same way you would treat friends and family. Confidence grows when you make choices that suit you best. “
– RD’s for Body Confidence (RD4BC)