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Body Positive Power: How learning to love yourself will save your life

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,585 ratings  ·  526 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Vermilion
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Sanne | Booksandquills
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book! It's probably one of the first books I've actually read about body image and I'm so glad I picked this one. If you're sick of the diet industry and are looking for some much-needed advice from a big sister, this is the read for you. It's got some fantastic stats, tips and discussions that will definitely stay on your mind for the next couple of days. It was a fab combo of personal stories, submitted essays and practical tips. My personal favourite bits were probably abou ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in whatever the opposite of a book slump is! So many good books right now!

With her one million Instagram followers and colorful hair, clothes and personality, this young woman is singlehandedly dismantling the entire diet industry and the world’s perception of beauty.

She has amassed a group of like-minded individuals who all agree: we are worth more than how much we weigh.

Ms. Crabbe is probably significantly younger than I am, however she is much wiser and has completely changed my outlook
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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DNF @ 33%

I had to stop reading this book because it was upsetting me so much and I think it's potentially harmful in the wrong hands (read, emphasis: the 'wrong' hands). Nutrition is something that I am very interested in, since I have some pretty bad food allergies and sensitivities that have kept me from eating processed foods for over a decade. I noticed firsthand what sorts of changes cutting out processed foods seemed to have on my
3.5 stars

I’ve followed Megan Jayne Crabbe on insta for the longest time and I think she’s so inspirational. I love her message and her body positive content. I truly believe people should love themselves no matter what their size, wear what makes them comfortable and pretty much give the middle finger to society if they tell you any different. I wish more people like Megan were around and vocal when I was a teen struggling with my body and an eating disorder.

My biggest issue with this book is
Johann (jobis89)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has an obsessive relationship with food, and as someone who beats herself up over not looking like the fitness models on instagram, this book was EYE-OPENING. We are constantly trying to achieve a body that is just not attainable for so many of us, and yet the diet industry exploits our insecurities to make money off us with their constant “solutions” to a problem that doesn’t need fixed.

This book made me angry in so many ways - which is what the author intends - and I’m taking ba
Hayley Chewins
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly life-changing. I wish I'd read it when I was fifteen and I'm going to be pressing it into the hands of every girl and woman I know.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everyone should read this book. 💛
Elze Reinders
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book changed me in the best and most positive way you can think of. I describe Megan and her healing words as a friend you can sit next to and talk for hours and be completely you and and when you leave you feel so much better about yourself. The feeling you are not judged by what drinks or food you order and eat is the best for a LOT of people. Reading this book brought my body positivity to a next and better level. Change the way you think about your body is all about mental health. Accep ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stopped-reading
I‘m going to stop reading this for good now, at page 73! This is a small review I wrote somewhere around page ~40:

„I’m sad to say that so far this book is all about how bad the industry is for not showing us big people and how much it has to change to the author’s liking. So far no word about how you can actually manage to love yourself. Because I, for one, am pretty sure I dislike my belly because it wobbles, not because I see no wobbly belly on billboards. It‘s my personal taste and I don‘t ca
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Megan's voice is strong, funny and uplifting. I recommend this book to absolutely everyone, no matter their size or gender.
tiger lily
I love Megan, I love the bopo movement, and I love how passionate Megan is about getting her message out there. Body Positive Power is a much-needed book which rips Western beauty standards a new one.

The issues I have with this book which stopped me from completely loving it, is largely how this book offers next to no information about the complexity and diversity of the various causes of eating disorders, at the same time as encouraging us to focus our energy on being angry about the culture w
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
this book was indeed a very positive empowering thing to read, and i love megan´s Instagram account, bodyposipanda a lot, but I cant agree with everything that´s written in this book and I will elaborate on that just in a second

but first of all, I think this is a very good book for people who struggle with an eating disorder. if this book has made me realize one thing, its that I never had an eating disorder and I hadn´t realized how intense the pain and the guilt can be because I have not dealt
Marta Iwaniuk
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book makes me want to go back in time and hug my 10-year-old self. tell this sad, insecure girl who's just cried over her weight for the first time that she's enough. or even better, i wish i could read this book back then. Megan is a beautiful, incredible and brave person and she's exactly what we need these days. I remember coming across her instagram account and being fascinated by a video of her dancing in her underwear. I couldn't believe you could look like this and be that self-confi ...more
Zoë ☆
I love her mindset!! It was definitely inspiring to read :)
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have ever had negative thoughts about the way your body looks, this is for you.
If you have ever tried starving yourself and exercising in order to obtain a smaller, slimmer, more toned body than the one you have, this book is for you.
If you have ever told youself that you are not worthy of love, self-love and happiness, this book is for you.
If none of the above apply to you, this book is for you.
There is a powerful message here that you need to hear.

Personally, I have spent my teenage ye
Bree Riley
Best body positivity book I've read. My favourite sections were the ones on intuitive eating and the step-by-step guide for people trying to incorporate body positivity into their life. Her writing is gracious, and encouraging, and intelligent, and realistic, and makes space for people of all sizes, colours, genders, abilities, and differences to see themselves represented and celebrated. (She also includes a reading list at the back with some of her favourite BoPo books).

It's not available in
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm definitely buying a paperback of this book so I can annotate it and come back to it all the time. I would highly recommend the audiobook though! It's fantastic.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book (the first I ever read about body positivity) for so many reasons, but mostly because its message is so gentle and kind (self love and acceptance) yet delivered in such a kick-ass way ✌🏻️

It's really good to see how much the diet culture is detrimental to EVERYONE (although it's somehow depressing to see how much it pervades the whole of our society..) + to hear a different message for once : you don't need to be thin to be worthy of love. You're worthy of love whatever s
Frida Sillehoved
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I was sooo excited when I found out that @Bodyposipanda published a book, and even more when I finally had the copy in my hands, but I got so disappointed when I found out, that the book was more about the fault in our culture rather than changing your own body issues. It was like reading one long negative comment on how the diet culture is fucking up our body image. It was well written though with a good structure, great arguments and reliable sources, but I still missed the kick-ass--how-to-lo ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
REALLY made me see how our ideals of perfect bodies have been distorted, and makes you think about who has led those changes and why. I love how inspiring this is without being sugary sweet and fluffy. It's real, with real language. Crabbe knows what you would say in rebuttal and tells you like it is. I also really appreciate the trigger warnings.
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

Body positivity is about accepting our bodies as they are, at any size, and challenging the oppressive systems that teach us we aren’t allowed to do that.

I’ve been aware of the body positivity movement for a few years now, but even with that history, this book was revelatory. I must have highlighted and annotated half the dang book. Simultaneously a takedown of diet culture, a rousing call to fight internalized and exte
Sara-Jayne Poletti
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-sj
A mix of memoir and diet culture exposé with a dash of self help. For anyone recovering from an eating disorder or disordered eating, I highly recommend it.

Megan’s writing is gentle and loving, and she really makes the effort both to celebrate ALL bodies (regardless of ability, race, gender, etc.—she even has guest writers to balance her perspective!) and to meet you where you are.

Did it blow my mind? No. To be honest, I was already well-versed with the sneaky ways of the diet industry + the c
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Uff... this was a hard one.

It really was a hard audiobook to listen to because of the content. I could often only listen to little bits at a time and needed to take several days (weeks) in between listening sessions to digest what I was being told about diet culture, weight loss, beauty, mental health and Megan's own story.

I think the reason why it was so hard for me personally, was that someone for the first time really deconstructed and challenged a huge part of my world view that I was unco
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely a case of right book at the right time.

Megan's Instagram account was the first body positivity account I stumbled upon when I was in the depths of my worst Anorexia relapse yet a few years ago. It was like a revelation. I've since been in recovery coming on my second year now but recently I've been "having a little wobble" so I really really needed to read this.

I think this book was really well put together. I loved all the little snippets of studies and facts, rather than s
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was great, I wish I could just give this to my teenage self so that I wouldn’t have to start hating the way my body looks. I did not identify with the main audience that Meghan seems to address: I am not someone who has attempted dieting or has struggled with an eating disorder. However, learning about the diet culture was fascinating and the book became a lot more relatable when she started talking about exercising and how people expect you to be healthy (read thin). I’ve been struggling a ...more
Joana Eyre
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It doesn't represent us, and it doesn't even try to. It refuses to acknowledge that people of all sizes, shapes, ages, skin colors, genders and abilities exist and are worthy of being seen, heard, and valued."
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I couldn’t read further any more I’m at page 80. And it’s only about how bad the dieetculture and the ideal body is and not about how you actually can love yourself. It’s so negative written instead of positive. I’m so disappointed with this book.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Full review will be up on my blog on the day of te dutch release of this book! But this book gave me so much inside into how I've been thinking al this time!
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-buys, hard-copy
I wanted to like this. I wanted to SO MUCH. Crabbe is warm and colorful and engaging and real...on social media. This book reads like regurgitated chalk dust. Maybe if I hadn't read books on ED/recovery/body image before, but this says exactly the same things, quotes the exact same sources, does nothing new and in fact does the old rather unmotivatingly, and does so without any of the uniqueness, personality, relatability and charm of Crabbe herself. Follow her on IG for amazingness, but there a ...more
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Megan Jayne Crabbe is the social media star known online as Bodyposipanda. She's an anorexia survivor, anti-diet enthusiast, and believer in fat acceptance and intersectional body positivity. Her #1 bestselling debut book Body Positive Power has taught thousands of women how to stop dieting and make peace with their bodies for good.

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