Body Image Books
1. “200 Ways to Love the Body You Have” – Marcia Germaine Hutchinson
This book consists of 200 pleasurable exercises from which you can choose at random, letting the Universe guide your choice. Taking a bath can be transformed into a sumptuous feast for the senses. Your shower can become a waterfall, brushing your teeth a real event, not an unconscious repetition. This new awareness will help you become focused and newly aware of your body as it is, and lead you to love the body you have.
2. “Love Your Body” – Louise L. Hay
Louise L. Hay brings you 54 affirmation treatments designed to help you create a beautiful, healthy, happy body. If you are challenged by a particular part of your body, use the appropriate affirmations daily until you achieve positive results.
3. “Women Food and God” – Geneen Roth
If you suffer about your relationship with food — you eat too much or too little, think about what you will eat constantly or try not to think about it at all — you can be free. Just look down at your plate. The answers are there. Don’t run. Look. Because when we welcome what we most want to avoid, we contact the part of ourselves that is fresh and alive. We touch the life we truly want and evoke divinity itself.
Your relationship with food, no matter how conflicted, is the doorway to freedom, says Roth. What you most want to get rid of is itself the doorway to what you want most: the demystification of weight loss and the luminous presence that so many of us call “God.” Packed with revelations on every page, this book is a knock-your-socks-off ride to a deeply fulfilling relationship with food, your body…and almost everything else. Women, Food and God is, quite simply, a guide for life.
4. “The Body Image Workbook” – Thomas F. Cash
All of us are bombarded with images and messages all day that lead many to unhealthful obsessions with the shape of their bodies. At best, these body-image issues can be unpleasant and distracting from the goal of being healthy and happy. At worst they can lead to serious mental health problems like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) or eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa.
This revised edition of The Body Image Workbook presents a complete approach to dealing with body image issues. It includes new evidence that confirms the effectiveness of its cognitive behavioral approach. The book presents new discussions of cosmetic surgery, weight loss, and other body-fixing options, as well as information for persons with physically disfiguring conditions. A major shift in this edition orients this book with others grounded in the tradition of mindfulness and acceptance.
5. “The Seven Secrets of Slim People” – Hansen/Goodman
How so naturally thin people stay so slim? Face it. Diets don’t work. All they do is create a chronic cycle of weight loss and gain that’s nearly impossible to escape. But you don’t have to be fat and unhappy forever. Now, at last, here’s a long term, lifetime solution you can count on–an inspirational, step-by-step plan that will help you achieve total health and your ideal body weight.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not! By following these seven secrets, you will take control of your eating habits and change your life forever. With this groundbreaking, time-tested program you’ll get a new taste of freedom–the freedom to look and feel great without giving up the foods you love. You’ve got nothing to lose…except the weight. Start today!
6. “Body Traps” – Judith Rodin
This illuminating social analysis of vanity may reduce readers’ trips to the mirror or aerobics classes. Rodin, dean of the Graduate School at Yale and a psychologist specializing in eating disorders, does not discount the mounting pressures that drive women and, increasingly, men to be perfectionists about their looks. She concludes that physical appearance has become the social yardstick by which we measure a person’s value and offers practical antidotes to this fixation: mental exercises that help people better accept themselves, deal with eating disorders and develop more meaningful standards that enhance self-esteem.
7. “Body Wars” – Margo Maine
In this ground-breaking study, Margo Maine declares war on a culture that dismisses, devalues, and disempowers women by making them hate their own bodies. This book covers issues from dieting and weight prejudice to concepts of beauty and ageism to sports, fashion advertising, and propaganda. With practical strategies for activists, educators, and parents, this book also contains extensive references and appendices. Body Wars takes its place alongside “The Beauty Myth” and “Reviving Ophelia” in recognizing the constant assault women face, but goes further by giving them practical tools with which to fight back.
8. “Feeling Good About the Way You Look” – Sabine Wilhelm
In a society where a blemish or “bad hair” can ruin an otherwise perfect day and airbrushed abs dominate the magazine rack, many of us feel ashamed of our bodies. If dissatisfaction with your looks is a distressing preoccupation, this compassionate book offers a way to break free from the mirror. Harvard psychologist Sabine Wilhelm leads you through a step-by-step program that helps you fight the urge to spend hours “fixing” your skin and hair, working out, or shopping for flattering clothes. Reality-check exercises based on cognitive-behavioral therapy demonstrate how to identify unfounded beliefs about your appearance.
Once you understand the negative thoughts and feelings that distort your self-image, you’ll be able to shed lengthy grooming rituals and overcome the embarrassment that keeps you from enjoying life. With Dr. Wilhelm’s expert guidance, you’ll learn to replace self-doubt and insecurity with confidence and a positive outlook. Whether you’ve spent thousands on plastic surgery or avoid trips to the beach, dating, or socializing, you owe yourself this opportunity to make peace with your looks. If you or someone you care about is struggling with a body image problem, effective care is finally at hand.
9. “A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind” – Phillips/Conheim/Forester
A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind is a dramatic illustration of the profound impact of body image on women’s lives. A compilation of stories by women of diverse backgrounds, it exposes the devastating consequences of a culture’s obsession with unnatural thinness and artificial beauty. This book is a call to action, to mindfulness, and to the conception of a new definition of beauty that is holistic, inclusive and life-affirming. (from an Amazon.com reviewer).
10. “Healthy Selfitude — Self-Acceptance Through Performing Arts and Yoga Techniques” — Robyn Hussa
In Healthy Self-i-tude: a practical approach to self-acceptance using performing arts and yoga techniques, Hussa brings her hard won learning experiences to the reader in a candid and practical way. Enriched by her experiences as an actress, yoga teacher and her personal struggles to overcome pervasive self-doubt she offers a treasure trove of activities and exercises to the reader. (from an Amazon.com review by Joanna Poppink)