7 Important books about body positivity

books about body positivity

Nobody has the right to tell you how you should look, feel or think. In today’s world, there are so many inspirational women who are killing it in the body-positivity game. Here are seven important books about body positivity that will empower you to love your body.

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

In this inspiring book about radical self-love, poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor offers readers the chance to make peace with their bodies. In a celebration of strength, readers are invited to reconnect with the origin of their minds and bodies in order to transform and be free from body shame.


You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar

After 20 years of battling her weight through diet and guilty feelings, author Virgie Tovar gave herself permission to change, and she wants to help others do the same. She wants a world where everybody’s body is equal and food isn’t something to be judged. Fatphobia and fashion are discussed to show that fat people can stop worrying and start living their best lives.


Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

In her funny memoir, Lindy West shares her story with absolute candor. From being a shy child who tried to hide her body to warring with comedians who tell rape jokes, West wants to convince others that fat people are valuable. Vulnerable and charming, Shrill helps readers understand how to become self-aware.


Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live by Megan Jayne Crabbe

Women are programmed to think they need to be a certain size or a specific number on the scale. We live in a world where there are unrealistic opinions on beauty and bodies. Author Megan Jayne Crabbe wants you to know that the real path to happiness is to accept and love the body you have. After years of battling eating disorders and constantly dieting, she learned a new type of confidence and got rid of the body shame to live a happier and better life.


Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN

Learn ways to create a happier and healthier life through compassion in Body Kindness by loving, connecting and caring for your mind and your body. Based on four unique principles on what you do, how you feel, who you are and where you belong, this book helps you to identify what you really want. An anti-diet book that will bring more joy and meaning into your life.


Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker

Author and blogger Jes Baker wants women to be proud of their bodies and to fight those who fat-shame. She also wants to change the public’s perception in order to help women have better mental health. Personal experiences woven with research, this book helps women to get rid of the fat prejudice and learn to love their bodies.


The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy by Caroline Dooner

Diet culture has so many flaws and problems but many in America constantly diet. In Caroline Dooner’s book, she offers a new path to a better physical, mental and emotional relationship with the food we eat. By learning to honor your body and listen for cues, you’ll create a healthier relationship with food which will lead to a healthier you.

(Feature image courtesy of @thelibraryofsin)

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. These picks are editorially selected, but if you purchase, She Reads may get something in return. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Stephanie Elliot

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

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