At the end of last year my friend introduced me to Body Positivity. It is a movement set on ditching current body ideals, aiming instead to improve people’s well-being and encouraging self-love, irrelevant of size, colour or ability. It’s a movement that I wish I had been familiar with as a teenager, when I missed out on experiences again and again because of how I felt about the way I looked.
We worship our body ideals, we pray for our salvation, we sacrifice our needs and we believe with unrelenting faith in the power of the diet, the power of thin. We believe in our weight-loss dreams so fiercely that they’ve become our new religion… The scale is our confessional.
– Body Positive Power, Megan Jayne Crabbe
Megan Jayne Crabbe tackles the subject incredibly sensitivity in her new book, Body Positive Power. As a recovered anorexic, the author claims that body positivity saved her life, and goes on to offer a really thought-provoking education about what the movement is and how we can work towards loving our bodies a little more. The book also features short essays by a number of other writers, and includes stories from Crabbe’s own past which were shocking and hard to read at times (there were in fact ‘trigger warnings’ for vulnerable readers).
I was constantly sharing pages with my friends and family, in awe of this idea that I don’t have to hate my stomach fat, that I was worthy of love. The fact that I have only just had this breakthrough at twenty-four years old shows just how much this book could help people if its message was spread just as widely as those messages of self-hate. I know that I will certainly be more cautious and questioning of the things that I see/hear through the media from now on.
Whatever your relationship with your body, there will be something to gain from this wonderfully insightful read.
Check out Megan Jayne Crabbe’s inspirational Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bodyposipanda
You can buy a copy of Body Positive Power at The Book Depository.
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