Book Review: Body Positive Power

Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and liveTitle: Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live by Megan Jayne Crabbe
Genre: Biography, Feminism, Non-Fiction, Self Help
Pages: 280
Publisher: Vermilion
Publication Date: 7th September 2017
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Rating: ★★★★★

We've been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but the truth is that our bodies are not the problem. How we've been taught to see them is the problem... it's time for us all to stop believing the lies, and take our power back.

Megan's body image issues began when she was five years old. She spent her childhood chasing thinness, and at fourteen found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. Then she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she's determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are. If you're tired of being at war with your body, then this book is for you.

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).

Body Positive Power

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.

Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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