Being body positive is one of my big goals for 2018 and for Christmas, I asked my sister for a book that would help me get a bigger insight into the dieting industry and from a beautiful lady who has helped me on my journey. Enter Bodyposipanda and her little book of amazing, Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live.*
I first discovered Megan through another body positive lady Grace Victory. Going through Megan’s Instagram account was like a breath of fresh air for me; it was amazing to see somebody so confident in their own image especially when their body shape was similar to my own. I’d also read up on the book she had recently published and I knew I had to have a copy of it to read. So, my sister very kindly bought it for me for Christmas to dive into. And dive in I certainly did; I finished the book in one sitting.
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 this is not true. It’s how we’ve been taught to see our bodies that’s the problem… It’s time for us all to stop believing the lies we’ve been fed about what it means to be beautiful, and take our power back.
Reading this book was like talking to an old friend; Megan comes across as super friendly and allows you to feel all of the emotions that you may get reading her book. She backs everything she says up with valid resources and even includes essays from fellow body positive community members sharing their experiences of discovering the movement. Going into the book, I knew that the diet industry was an inherently bad thing, but I had absolutely no idea how much power they had over everything. Reading Megan’s book opened my eyes to the horrors of the diet industry and how much we as a public have been fed by them. It was horrific and I definitely got very angry reading about it all.
Then, like a beautiful kickass superhero, Megan comes in with her fact checking and sharp wit to come and save us all from the diet industry. She talks about her experience with having an eating disorder and how she was saved by the body positive community. It’s awful to read about what she went through but she handles the topic with such grace and admirability, it’s very hard not to be proud of her journey into the woman she is today. There’s even a body positive pledge at the back of the book you can cut out and stick up on your wall – how amazing is that?!
This book really opened my eyes to diet culture and how we can be free of hating our bodies. I know that I’ve spent so much wasted time worrying about my body and hating the way I look and now that I’m accepting myself for who I am, I’m starting to make up for that wasted time. It’s a book that I’m going to keep going back to again and again and I know that it will welcome me (and anyone else looking to escape diet culture) with open arms. If you’re looking to learn more about the bopo movement, I highly recommend Megan’s book. It’s a fantastic insight into body positivity and how, in her own words, that we are all good enough as we are.
Have you read Body Positive Power?