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Body Image Resources

“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.”

—Maya Angelou

For a comprehensive list of mental health and crisis support resources, click here!

Online Support and Information
•  Eating Disorder Support Groups
•  National Eating Disorder Association - Parent Toolkit
•  When Your Loved One Has an Eating Disorder - Family Support Guidelines
•  Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - Great Huffington Post article
•  National Eating Disorder Hotline - 1-800-931-2237 - open M-Th 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-5pm EST
National Parent Helpline - 1-855-427-2736 - open M-F 10am-7pm PST
•  F.E.A.S.T. - International organization of and for parents and caregivers of eating disorder patients
•  A Mighty Girl - The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls

Kids Body Positive Books (ages 12 and under)
Brontorina by James Howe
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
El Deafo by Cece Bell
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls by Hopscotch Girls
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
Jane, The Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt
Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald No Combina by Monica Brown
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay
The Ugly One by Leanne Statland Ellis
Your Body is Awesome: Body Respect for Children by Sigrun Danielsdottir

Young Adult Body Positive Books (ages 12-17)
•  45 Pounds (More or Less) by Kelly Barson
•  Camp Utopia and The Forgiveness Diet by Jenny Ruden
•  Deenie by Judy Blume
•  Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
•  Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
•  Puddin' by Julie Murphy
•  Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince, Elaine Deprince
•  The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image In An Image-Obsessed World by Julia V. Taylor MA
•  The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
•  The Summer of Jordi Perez (and The Best Burgers in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
•  To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
•  Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Adult Body Positive Books
•  Am I Ugly by Michelle Elman
•  Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller
•  Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession With Weight and What We Can Do About It by Harriet Brown
•  Disability History of the United States by Kim Nielsen
•  Big Gal Yoga: Poses and Practices to Celebrate Your Body and Empower Your Life by Valerie Sagun
•  Body Positive Power: How To Stop Dieting, Make Peace With Your Body and Live by Megan Crabbe
•  Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon
•  Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On The Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley
•  Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
•  Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
•  Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
•  Shrill by Lindy West
•  The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf
•  The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Joan Brumberg
•  The Not So Subtle Art of Being A Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You're In by Tess Holliday
•  This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz
•  Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker
•  This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite