This review was originally written as part of my 2020 Reading Challenge. I wanted to break them down into individual reviews.
Body Positive Power is a fantastic read for those who have body image issues or who have been frequent dieters. This isn’t my first time reading this book, though it’s my first time reading it in a traditional format as the first time I listened to it as an Audio Book. I want to preface that this time around I did struggle to finish the book and only because there were certain parts towards the end of this book that I myself found triggering, so I was unable to get to the end. However, as it’s not my first time reading this one and because I read most of it, I still feel like I can give you a bit of a review on it.
Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe
Megan is a great ambassador for the body positive movement; when you read this book, you will understand why. This book gives you lots of insight into the diet industry and diet culture, as well as being mixed with personal stories of her own struggles with body image, dieting and how that led her to develop an eating disorder, but also how she eventually discovered the body positive movement and how that has helped her move forward and develop a positive view of her body.
She has also included stories from others who have had body image issues and I think this really helps you understand that you’re not alone and that people from all walks of life can have both similar and also very different feelings towards their own bodies.
This book as well as similar books that I have read leave me with a lot of different feelings, it leaves me feeling hopeful because it can help me move towards body positivity or neutrality but also, I know it could help so many people out there with similar feelings about their bodies, that their self-worth is not defined by its shape, size, ability or colour.
It also leaves me with feelings of sadness and maybe even anger that our society defines us by these things and makes us feel negativity towards ourselves. It also lets others treat us in negative ways because of these things. Sometimes these things can be subtle (like how to get your body bikini ready for summer or here are some lotions to smooth out those stretch marks and cellulite.) and sometimes they can be a little more obvious like negative comments or ideals of what bodies should look like.
I feel like this book can also open us up to seeing how others should be treated with kindness too but also that we are allowed to love ourselves and that we don’t have to allow others to treat us in ways that are unkind.
When I read this book, I was planning on doing a bigger review but I had a hard time doing that mainly because there is a lot covered in this book, I even used sticky tabs to mark important parts in the book which I’m sure you can see in the photo above.
If I could recommend any book out of the many body positivity books on the market I would recommend this one to start with because I feel like it holds a lot of substance, it gives a lot of eye-opening information on diet culture but also, I think it will leave you questioning all that you have been taught to dislike about yourself and that you are worthy of self-love and that your body does not define you.
I recommend this one to everyone no matter who you are, books like these can be so helpful whether you have struggled with body image issues or not, it might just teach you some valuable lessons.
I hope you enjoyed this book review. I originally wrote this as part of my 2020 reading challenge and included it in a bigger blog post with other book reviews. I’ve been meaning to rewrite them or break them down into individual blog posts for quite some time and by that I mean a couple of years. With my health being up and down it was really hard for me to get to these however I’m hoping to share a few of these over the coming months.
I have temporarily taken the original posts down as I want to re-edit them once I’ve reposted some of the book reviews I did as part of that challenge.
Expect to see more book reviews soon, but until then I hope you all have an awesome day.
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