Body Positivity Reading List

Abbey’s recent post on Jes Baker’s new book, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Guide for Unapologetic Living, inspired me to write a longer post on body-positivity. I think that Baker’s book is great, but if I had a criticism, I’d say that the title is misleading. Body positivity is emphatically not just for girls and women, nor is it just for fat people.

Contrary to what you see in the media, we are not all supposed to look the same.

Contrary to what you see in the media, we are not all supposed to look the same.

Simply put, the body positivity movement is about feeling good about your body in a culture that constantly sends all of us messages about how we’re not good enough. Body positivity goes way beyond fat and thin; it’s about intersectionality — the ways that different aspects of our lives and identities intersect with our body image; it varies for everyone, but this might include race, disability, size, age, sexuality, gender presentation and more.

Again, I think Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a dynamic and accessible introduction to and exploration of the concept of body positivity, but as Baker herself points out, it’s far from the only book out there on this subject. Here’s a look at some additional options:

Children’s Books for Talking about Body Image

Disability and/or Health and Body Image

Gender and/or Sexuality and Body Image


Media and/or Advertising and Body Image

Race and Body Image


Art by Carol Rossetti – Click through for source.

This isn’t a fully comprehensive list, but it’s my hope that this is a good starting place for those interested in these topics. I also highly recommend spending some time with nontraditional  media; amazing things are happening in the body positive community online. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls has a fantastic online resource list in an appendix, and  the #bodypositive, #bodypositivity, #medialiteracy and #effyourbeautystandards tags on Instagram and Tumblr are another good place to start.

Riots not diets,



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16 responses to “Body Positivity Reading List

  1. Thank you for all the information. I really liked this post and found it helpful. There is a lot of money to be made from keeping people unhappy about their looks. I love the push back against it. :)

  2. I LOVE this list! Thank you for posting it. I’ll be using it as a reference in the future.

  3. I love this. Thank you for providing a list of titles too–I’m going to add several of these to my TBR because I, too, believe that body positivity extends to all people–not just women, not just fat people.

  4. What a great resource this post is – thank you very much!!

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  6. Sarah

    Mirror, mirror off the wall : how I learned to love my body by not looking at it for a year by Kjerstin Gruys is a good memoir about body image:

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