Anti-Diet Books

Sick of diet culture? Try these anti-diet and body-positive books for the New Year instead!

Updated December 29, 2023
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Breaking free from body shame : dare to reclaim what God has named good
Connolly, Jess
You were made for more than a love/hate relationship with your body. It's one thing to know in your head that you were created in the image of God. Yet it's quite another to experience this belief in your body, against the cultural ideals of a woman's worth. And between the...
Physical disobedience : an unruly guide to health & stamina for the modern feminist
Coomer, Sarah Hays
A manual for activism that begins with our most powerful asset -- our bodies Even as a wave of renewed feminism swells, too many women continue to starve, stuff, overwork, or neglect our bodies in pursuit of paper-thin ideals. "Fitness" has been co-opted by the beauty industry....
Desire and the deep blue sea
Dade, Olivia
Spoiler alert : a novel
Dade, Olivia
National Bestseller Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who's secretly posting fanfiction of his own.  Marcus Caster-Rupp has a...
Fitness for Every Body: Strong, Confident, and Empowered at Any Size
Fačy, Bernard
Hunger : a memoir of (my) body
Gay, Roxane
The New York Times Bestseller National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Lambda Literary Award winner From Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist, a memoir in weight about eating healthier, finding a tolerable form of exercise, and exploring what...
"You just need to lose weight" : and 19 other myths about fat people
Gordon, Aubrey
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AN INDIE BESTSELLER "One of the great thinkers of our generation . . . I feel fresher and smarter and happier for sitting down with her."-Jameela Jamil, iWeigh Podcast The co-host of the Maintenance Phase...
What we don't talk about when we talk about fat
Gordon, Aubrey
From the creator of Your Fat Friend and co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast, an explosive indictment of the systemic and cultural bias facing plus-size people. Anti-fatness is everywhere. In What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat, Aubrey Gordon unearths the...
While we were dating
Guillory, Jasmine
An instant New York Times bestseller! One of TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Reads of 2021! Two people realize that it's no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory....
Happy fat : Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You
Hagen, Sofie
Anti-diet : reclaim your time, money, well-being, and happiness through intuitive eating
Harrison, Christy
Reclaim your time, money, health, and happiness from our toxic diet culture with groundbreaking strategies from a registered dietitian, journalist, and host of the Food Psych podcast. 68 percent of Americans have dieted at some point in their lives. But upwards of 90% of...
Get a life, Chloe Brown : a novel
Hibbert, Talia
"Absolutely charming... a flawless balance of humor, heat, sweetness, and depth, and I loved every page." - Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Bride Test USA TODAY BESTSELLER A witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who's tired of being "boring"...
Big yoga : a simple guide for bigger bodies
Kerr, Meera Patricia.
Winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Health Title If you think yoga is only for skinny young things, you need to think again. To expert Meera Patricia Kerr, yoga can and should be used by everyone--especially plus-size individuals. In her new book, Big Yoga,...
More than a body : your body is an instrument, not an ornament
Kite, Lexie
"An indispensable resource for women of all ages, this is a guide to help us better connect to ourselves, to value ourselves, to love ourselves, and ultimately, to be ourselves." --Chelsea Clinton Positive body image isn't believing your body looks good; it is...
Yoga XXL a journey to health for bigger people
Kollak, Ingrid.
Yoga XXL shows you how to create a safe, enjoyable, and effective yoga practice no matter what your age, size, shape, or physical fitness level. Yoga is not just for the lean and limber. With modified postures and props, everyone can experience yoga's many health benefits including...
The eating instinct : food culture, body image, and guilt in America
Sole-Smith, Virginia
An exploration, both personal and deeply reported, of how we learn to eat in today's toxic food culture. Food is supposed to sustain and nourish us. Eating well, any doctor will tell you, is the best way to take care of yourself. Feeding well, any human will tell you, is the...
Fat talk : parenting in the age of diet culture
Sole-Smith, Virginia
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Book Riot best book of 2023 A Science Friday best book of 2023 An Audible best well-being audiobook of 2023 By the time they reach kindergarten, most kids believe that "fat" is bad. By middle...
Every body yoga : let go of fear, get on the mat, love your body
Stanley, Jessamyn
From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes. It's a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we. ...
Yoke : my yoga of self-acceptance
Stanley, Jessamyn
Finding self-acceptance both on and off the mat. In Sanskrit, yoga means to "yoke." To yoke mind and body, movement and breath, light and dark, the good and the bad. This larger idea of "yoke" is what Jessamyn Stanley calls the yoga of the everyday--a yoga that is not just...
One to watch : a novel
Stayman-London, Kate
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * Real love . . . as seen on TV. A plus-size bachelorette brings a fresh look to a reality show in this razor-sharp, "divinely witty" (Entertainment Weekly) debut. "Effortlessly fun and clever . . . I found the tension impeccable . ....
Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia
Strings, Sabrina
Winner, 2020 Body and Embodiment Best Publication Award, given by the American Sociological Association Honorable Mention, 2020 Sociology of Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award, given by the American Sociological Association How the female body has...
Body talk : how to embrace your body and start living your best life
Sturino, Katie
Learn to love yourself and your body with this interactive guide from the "shame-free, fun, cheerful, and no-nonsense" (Bustle) body acceptance advocate and influencer who founded Megababe beauty. "Brilliant, hilarious, adorably illustrated."-Goop Can...
Intuitive eating : a revolutionary anti-diet approach
Tribole, Evelyn
Make peace with food. Free yourself from chronic dieting forever. Rediscover the pleasures of eating. The go-to resource--now fully revised and updated--for building a healthy body image and making peace with food, once and for all.

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