When I first started this work, resources to share with clients were hard to find. Now they are much more accessible. Because of this, I decided to streamline this page to books and podcasts.
By no means is this a comprehensive list. I would suggest checking out more than one of the books or podcasts, as you will likely connect with some authors or speakers more than with others. And be sure to come back to the list while you do this work or consult other lists.
I have had clients say to me, “I hated this book,” as they returned it to me. Later, when further along on their journey, they shared with me how much they learned from, or felt supported by, the same book. You, too, may be surprised how your reactions change as you continue to work on creating peace with your body and with food.
- Why Diets Make Us Fat, Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D.
- Health at Every Size, The Surprising Truth about Your Weight by Linda Bacon, Ph.D.
- Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, Jess Baker—AKA The Militant Baker
- The Obesity Myth: Why American’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health, Paul Campos, Ph.D.
- Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Health, by Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D.
- Overcoming Overeating, by Hirschmann, CSW and Munter
- When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies, by Hirschmann, CSW and Munter
- Body Image Remix: Embrace Your Body and Unleash the Fierce, Confident Woman Within, Summer Innanen
- Secrets from the Eating Lab, Traci Mann, Ph.D.
- The Diet Survivors Handbook, Judith Matz, LCSW and Ellen Frankel, LCSW
- Gentle Nutrition: A Non-Diet Approach to Healthy Eating, Rachel Hartley, RD, LN
- The Wellness Trap, Christy Harrison, MPH, RD
- Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, Michelle May, M.D.
- Fat is a Feminist Issue, Susie Orbach
- Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating, by Geneen Roth (or any of her books)
- Body Kindness, Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
- Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, Sabrina Strings, Ph.D.
- Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDS-S
- The Body is Not an Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor
- The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf
There are certainly more podcasts to choose from than these. I am not as familiar with available podcasts and these are a few I have listened to and like.
- Rethinking Wellness—Christy Harrison, MPH, RD
- Eat the Rules—Summer Innanen
- Body Kindness—Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
Never Enough—Separating Self-worth from Approval
While my book, Never Enough, is not specifically devoted to body image, weight, or eating, striving to feel “good enough” is often central to our struggles in these areas. The book explores the possible origins of these tendencies, as well as a plan to separate your worth from the reactions of others while connecting with your internal wisdom and strength.