I just stumbled across a list of books about body image, health, and dieting and had the urge to list them here on my blog, now, at the New Year, when the societal pressure toward weight loss rises to a fever pitch. In case it is helpful for anyone to know that books like this exist:
Andersen, Arnold, Leigh Cohn, and Thomas Holbrook. Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape & Appearance. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books, 2000.
Campos, Paul. The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health. New York: Gotham Books, 2004.
Cash, Thomas. Body Image Workbook: An 8 Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 1997.
Dixon, Monica. Love the Body You Were Born With: A 10 Step Workbook for Women. New York, NY: Berkley Pub Group, 1996.
Doty, William G. Myths of Masculinity. New York: Crossroads, 1993.
Erdman, Cheri. Live Large! Ideas, Affirmations, and Actions for Sane Living in a Larger Body. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1997.
Johnson, Carol. Self-Esteem Comes in All Sizes: How to Be Happy and Healthy at Your Natural Weight. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books, 2001.
LoBue, Andrea and Marcus Marsea. The Don’t Diet, Live-It! Workbook: Healing Food, Weight and Body Issues. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books, 1999.
Maine, Margo. Body Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books, 2000.
Pope, Harrison G., Katharine A. Phillips, and Roberto Olivardia. The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession. New York: Free Press, 2000.
Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1991.
Please note that I haven’t read any of these books. Please bring your open mind and your critical mind to them, as I expect you always do.
My New Year’s resolution is special this year, because 2012 is set to be a pretty crazy year for me, what with Bitterblue entering the world. It’s also pretty broad: I resolve to try to remember what matters.
Happy New year, everyone! Be kind to yourself :o)