Body Positive Power

Megan Jayne Crabbe

Body Positive Power



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It has never been harder to respect and love our bodies, as we are constantly bombarded with unattainable beauty standards from the media and the diet industry. In order to free ourselves from the dogma of this culture, which has defined the concept of being thin into the means to eternal happiness, we first need to make peace with our bodies. This is Megan Jayne Crabbe’s mission, and in Body Positive Power: How to Stop Dieting, Make Peace With Your Body and Live, she offers us much more than a simple manual; she describes a process that could potentially change our life.

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Analysis and key concepts


The imaginary body: when we look in the mirror, we are not comparing ourselves to a realistic standard, but to an image of perfection that has been invented by the media, and created with Photoshop and other editing programmes


Ideals only change for one reason: fashion. We hate our bodies, because they do not fit in with a completely unrealistic and irrational standard


This ideal makes us believe that it is our fault; that the reason we are not beautiful enough, successful enough, happy enough, or loved enough is because we are not working hard enough to achieve it


Dietaland has been created by a desire to maintain control and make money: convincing people that their bodies are not good enough is a profitable business, which stunts women's ambition, because it pushes them to strive single mindedly towards only one goal


Diet and health: from drug abuse, to the myth of healthy eating, which creates new eating disorders


Diets cannot work because they go against human nature: they do not respect our body’s natural needs, because proper nutrition is based on a balanced diet, and allows us to enjoy a healthy relationship with food




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand that there is no point in trying to achieve the perfect body.
  • Avoid falling into the trap of comparing ourselves with unrealistic body ideals.
  • Build a healthy relationship with food and our body.

Megan Jayne Crabbe has over 1.3 million followers on her social media channels. She has built a digital content platform for her audience, which is focused on body positivity, the treatment of eating disorders, mental health, and feminism. She published her first, best-selling book Body Positive Power in 2017, she is a speaker and lecturer, and works with the BBC, The Brits, and Channel 4.

Publishing house:

Seal Press