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Body Positive Power

Narrated by: Megan Jayne Crabbe
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Body Positive Power, written and read by Megan Jayne Crabbe.

If you're tired of being at war with your body, then this audiobook is for you.

We've been convinced that happiness is something that comes only once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but this is not true. It's how we've been taught to see our bodies that's the problem... it's time for us all to stop believing the lies we've been fed about what it means to be beautiful and take our power back.

Megan's body image issues began when she was five years old. She spent her childhood chasing thinness and at 14 found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging and losing and gaining weight. But then she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she's determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are.

With her inimitable flair, whip-smart wit and kickass attitude, Megan argues for a new way of seeing ourselves and a world where every body is celebrated. Where there is no such thing as a 'bikini body diet' and 97 percent of women don't hate the way they look.

A powerful call to arms as much as it is inspirational and practical, this audiobook is the life-changing answer you've been looking for.

©2018 Megan Jayne Crabbe (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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My whole perspective has change

This book has just my whole perspective on body image and the weight loss industry. It has also made me have a good hard look at my own beliefs. This book is well researched and well-written. I could listen to Megan's voice all day. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.

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Game changer

This book is mind altering and challenges even the most self aware person to look deeper into the social conditioning we are ALL a part of.
It is a book that asks us to question our current belief system around diet culture and unrealistic perceptions of beauty, but most of all, it gives us permission to embrace all that we are, right now, and that that is perfect.

Thank you Megan, you’re brave, inspiring and beautiful!

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Life Changing

Megan Jayne Crabbe set my recovery in motion in this kind, intelligent and brutal dissection of diet culture and self love. I 100% recommend this book to everyone.

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A book that needs to be shared

a book that needs to be shared with every woman no actually every human.... I wish I had this book when I was a kid... body positivity needs to be compulsory taught in the home and schools .. I loved it.

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life changing book, I will never look at my wieght or my body shape to define who I am, #bodypositivity isn't about promoting wieght gain, it's simply about loving yourself and taking care of mental health and enjoying life, highly recommended 👍🏽

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This started a change

This has really swayed my way of thinking and made me see that there may actually be light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to my daily struggle with disordered eating! This book is highly positive, a bit overwhelming but overall- totally essential not just for girls, young people and women but for anyone who has anything to do with girls, young people and women. If you have someone in your life who suffers from disordered eating, it would give them a great insight into how the mind of a person with this disorder works, how they got there and how you can support them to be in a better place.

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Game Changer.

Thank you Megan. Thank you for writing a book that has changed my life. Your ability to simultaneously engage, entertain, and educate is so incredibly inspiring and made this book one of the best I’ve read (or listened to...). Thank you. HIGHLY recommend.

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Everyone needs to listen to this book!

You’re in a diet cult(ure), call your Dad.

If you’re ready to stop beating yourself up for enjoying your favourite foods and start living and loving the life that you should be, listen up, Megan’s got some words for you

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love love loved everything about it!!

I absolutely loved this book. It made me think about a lot of things and discover a lot about myself and where I still need to work on my mentality. But it also made me feel good for the progress I have made in becoming happy in my own body and loving myself.

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stop thinking about bodies and start doing

if I added up all the time I worried about how I looked to others Id have years. ive been wastinv time not doing. it's time to live!

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  • Nora
  • 02-04-2019

Love

I loved this book. Megan tells the hard, fucked up truth, but with so much love and compassion. I fell in love with her, and everyone in the world. And I'm also furious. Furious and filled with love.

It's inclusive, intersectional, feminist and fun! And it has changed my life.

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  • Maru Moron
  • 31-01-2019

Bopo for dummies

Es un gran libro para aquellos que no saben mucho sobre el movimiento Body Positivity y quieren comenzar a dejar el diet culture.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-2018

One of the most important books I’ve listened to

During my time I recovery for my eating disorder a lot of therapists said a lot of things to me. The most important things they said I still hear in my head as a counter thought, whenever my eating disorder is trying to take control. Now I have a new voice and a lot of new important quotes that I will remember during those times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-2018

A perfect book for anyone who’s EVER felt fat or ugly

I have nothing bad to say about this book. I will try to become a member of the body positivity community. Starting right now!!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 22-05-2018

Everybody should hear this book!

I really love this book and whould recommend it to everyone I know. i think the topic is extremely relevant, even just to give an understanding on how the standards on bodyimage can have an effect on all types of people.

thank you so much for writing this book.

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  • charlotte
  • 27-04-2018

The best

Surely one of the most important, soul warming and healing books of my life.
Thank god for you, Megan Jayne Crabbe.

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  • C. Wilson
  • 04-04-2019

Not just for young shiny insta generation

So i'm 44, and I nearly didn't listen to this book, due to the young beautiful rainbow-haired girl on the cover - what could she have to say to me? Oh god i'm so very glad I did. Every human should read, or even better, listen to what this person has to say. Its fundamentally life changing. Oh my obsession over looks, food, body and the constant thinking and worrying about what others think. I cried listening to this. I cried for all the wasted time (DECADES) and energy put into obsessing about not being good enough. I cried for all the sabotaged romantic relationships, the friendships lost, the thousands and thousands of pounds wasted clothes shopping to try and find 'flattering' ways to cover my body, and I cried for the real talent for art I pushed aside in favor of endless shopping.

When I was absolutely fantastic as I was - all along.

Megan Jayne Crabbe I thank you for taking the time to share your story, and all your research. And for being such a badass woman. And changing my life forever. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2018

Eye opening Body Talk

I listened to this book within 2 days. Megan, is great reader, and really brought her words to life. I've always been interested in Body Positivity, and when I started this book, I felt that I knew what it was about. This book taught me a lot; it opened my eyes to a world of ignorance that I had been unaware of surrounding eating disorders, it made me laugh when she spoke about "diet cults" and it brought me to tears, making me realise that at one point in my life I was so obsessed with my weight that I was within the realms of an eating dis-order. I follow Megan on instagram, and I have to say I don't agree with 100% of what she says, but I do agree and support about 98%.

If you have ever hated your body, felt that you don't fit in, dieted to the point of depression or have never understood how people take diets to the extreme (to the point of anorexia or worse), then this book is a must read. Thanks Megan!

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  • Jo
  • 16-06-2018

Never, EVER, has a book made me feel so empowered!

“We can’t see the beauty in everything that we are because we’ve been taught to first see everything that we’re not.”
― Megan Jayne Crabbe, Body Positive Power

I have been struggling with body image issues since I was 13, and was only last year given therapy for it (I'm 24). This was because I thought it was normal, and that everyone else thought like me; that it's completely normal to hate yourself to tears every day, to count calories like your life depends on it, to break down in every dressing room ever, to actively avoid every reflective vertical surface ever, to eat dodgy weight loss pills from the internet, to exercise to you vomit, to fantasise about cutting away pieces of your body, to lash out at everyone because you feel fat that day...

And as it turns out...... many girls think like me(?!?!), and it's an epidemic! and it's bad! Meghan spoke right to my heart, though her real-life stories, and the chapters written by others who had been fighting the same fight. She brought me to tears with the chapters of her experiences with ED, and the impacts that had on her and her loved ones.

What I enjoyed the most was how she went about stripping down diet culture to its bare bones, with such ease and humour (albeit irony and sarcasm haha). What I didn't enjoy was waking up and realising I've been fudged over for the best part of my teenage years, for some old white men somewhere to earn money on my misery. I am never getting those years back. I'm never getting that holiday back where I did nothing but fret over the lack of caloric data on the freshly prepared food I was eating. I am never getting back those hours in front of the mirror.

Another thing that made me sob was how she talked about the messed up system where you have to be a certain weight to be eligible for help, like
"you aren't thin enough for us to validate your cry for help." <--- this sucks!

This book is going to make you feel a lot of feelings! (and mind you I used the audiobook version on the bus...)

But what made me feel so incredibly empowered is that now I know what diet culture is about, I know how it works. I always knew something felt off, and now I know it isn't me. It's that 10 calories, appetite suppressant, metabolism boosting weight loss shake in the corner... And I am a unicorn and you all better believe it because Megan said so.

Please please read this book, even if you have always loved yourself and you already feel a million bucks. It's a great read, and very entertaining!
(PS: if you know someone with eating disorders it's a good read if you're looking to being supportive of that person. Also if you're in recovery this book gives warnings before passages with potentially triggering content.)

Thank you xoxox Jo

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  • Shannon S
  • 19-04-2018

Every single person needs this book in their lives!

Wonderful mix of truth bombs, insightful media critiques, practical advise and honest personal pieces from both the author and other inspiring badass babes! The author doesn’t patronise the reader, but presents a very understanding, inclusive tone that takes feelings of shame or guilt away from the listener. I loved this audiobook, Megan narrates very well with great character and personality in her voice. She effortlessly takes the audiobook from feeling like a conversation with a supportive friend to powerful inspiring statements and passionate declarations, and everything in between.

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  • owens94
  • 18-04-2018

Listen to her

I’ve hated my body for such a long time and what Megan says just makes sense making my body fit the ideals of advertising is not what I want my life to be. She makes you mad , sad and want to take on the world I know that’s what I’m going to do - once I’ve had a brew and a biscuit xxx :)
Thankyou Megan for making me see what I’ve been missing xx

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  • Lindsay
  • 16-04-2018

So deeply resonant and helpful

Anyone who is struggling to come to terms with themself in this world and realise that they are enough, needs to listen to this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2019

Life saver

This book helped me battle bulimia. Before I read this, I really thought being unhappy with my body was just normal life for me, and always would be... but this book has helped me give up my unrealistic body standards and appreciate what my body does for me. I highly recommend and will be purchasing this book for a few of my friends for Christmas. I also recommend checking out the Author's Instagram page, it is very inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-2019

Helped me to find myself

I have been in a spiral of jojo dieting and been diagnosed with eating disorder, hated myself from the bottom of my heart, and somehow this single book gave me the boost I needed to fix that all. I recommend this for everyone who needs some body positivity in their life and tbh, we all do.

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  • Tinder
  • 16-09-2019

Beautiful personal story and words to live by

Excellent book. No idea yet how I'll fit it into my life as I'm at the start of the body positivity journey. Or more.. At trying to have a normal relationship with Food journey.
As a fat person some of the parts reminded me how crapply people have treated me. His pointers on how to deal with them in the future.
Trigger warning for people who have had eating dissorders. But Megan warns as she's going so you can skip chapters.

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  • WidthOfaCircle
  • 12-09-2019

Really interesting

This book was great and loved Megan reading it. It did get a tad repetitive towards the second half but I really liked it.