Chrissy King nailed it with her debut book, THE BODY LIBERATION PROJECT. And the only problem with her debut book being this good is that I don’t have other books by Chrissy King to read, because I would have read them all immediately after reading this one!
Chrissy is a speaker, educator, and former strength coach who has dedicated her career to making the “wellness industry” inclusive to everyone and to creating spaces where literally every body — everybody’s body — is welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated. This essential book tells the story of Chrissy’s breakup with diet culture (a culture rooted in white supremacist traditions), and how we can redefine the relationship we have with our bodies and our appearances. It’s about self-worth, it’s about Eurocentric standards of beauty, it’s about strength and physical and mental well-being.
I will be thinking about this conversation for a long time. We touched on a lot of territory, including the inner and outer pressures to conform physically, why we should never comment on other people’s bodies even when we mean well, how we’ve lost the plot on the body positivity movement . . . critically, Chrissy reminds us that our bodies are actually the least interesting thing about us. As she says: Our bodies are simply the vessels that allow us to have this human experience. I learned so much from this revolutionary book and human. BRAVA!