Body Love Books: Good Girls Don’t Get Fat (How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls And How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It)
This is a fabulous read for parents, fit bloggers and ANYONE who wants more insight into our cultures weight obsession and promoting body love for girls everywhere. It’s a complicated issue & its NOT just the media to blame. There are lots of ways body negativity manifests in young girls and women and many, MANY behaviors that encourage it.
Earlier this week, we talked a little but about the body shame game: where one woman shares something she hates about her body, then others chime in with what they hate etc. It’s a common game that women play, but while most women believe it to be harmless, studies show that over time we begin to believe the negative things we say about our bodies. We internalize them and equate it with our self-worth.
Time to stop. You cannot hate your body healthy: healthy is a place you get to with love. :)
I wanted to share an excerpt from this awesome book with you! Read it below and click on the links for more details.
The body bully within: Her own worst enemy.
It’s nearly 2 p.m. on a hot Wednesday in July, and my Sassy Sisterhood Girls Circle is winding down for the day. The girls hand in their “Real Me” diaries, which contain the answer to today’s question: “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”
From one to the next, I see the same responses:
- “I think I look fat.”
- “My belly is too big.”
- “I can’t stand my legs.”
Ashley, age fourteen, decides to read her entry to the group. She tells them that she looks in the mirror and squeezes the fat on her size-8 thighs. “You’re disgusting,” she admits to scowling at herself. She rolls her eyes and shakes her head when she recalls the triple chocolate sundae — made with frozen yogurt instead of the real thing — she ate the night before during a family outing. “I try to be good … and I keep telling myself that I have to have more willpower, or I’ll never be a size 0.”