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Chrissy King

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From author and Instagram personality Chrissy King, an exciting, genre-redefining narrative mix of memoir, inspiration, and specific exercises and prompts, with timely messages about social and racial justice, and how the world needs to move beyond body positivity to something even more exciting and revolutionary—body liberation.

Simply said, diet culture is rooted in white supremacy. The notion that those who fall outside of Eurocentric standards of beauty (think Black, fat, trans, etc.) are less attractive is a message that is transmitted daily from multiple external forces or social institutions (e.g., church, government, business industries, media, and family/peer groups). Body image and beauty standards can only be truly understood within a framework of interlocking systems of “isms” – (e.g., racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism).

While it’s challenging for everyone, it’s even more complicated for those living in marginalized bodies. That being said, the solution isn’t body acceptance or even body positivity. Those may be an important part of the journey, but the answer is . . . body liberation, with the recognition that none of us are free unless all of us are free.

The Body Liberation Project is about just that. It’s about finding actual freedom in our bodies, through finding strength and the aspects of fitness that work for YOU. It’s about understanding that the goal is not to look at our bodies and love everything that we see. It’s to understand that at our essence we are so much more than our bodies. But it’s also about recognizing the harsh realities that prohibit some people from being able to do that.
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0593187040
Item Weight: 1.34 lbs
Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.96 x 8.5 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 101 to 500 ratings
“King makes her book debut with an impassioned argument urging women to liberate themselves from a culture of “thin privilege” that validates thinness and Whiteness as markers of beauty… A fervent message about self-worth.” Kirkus

"Fitness, wellness, and body-positivity influencer and coach Chrissy King makes thecase that real self-care is rooted in self-love in The Body Liberation Project (TinyReparations, Mar. 2023), unpacking how social and racial justice intersect with thefitness, diet, and wellness industry."
Publishers Weekly

"Dedicated to empowering individuals to stop shrinking and to start taking up space, King's new book is empowering us to seek body liberation over assimilation." —Essence

"Chrissy King is here to remind us (gently, lovingly!) that diet culture is rooted in white supremacy and that the key to freedom is not “body positivity” but “body liberation.” Her perspective on Twitter and Instagram is a breath of fresh air and her new book, called The Body Liberation Project: How Understanding Racism and Diet Culture Helps Cultivate Joy and Build Collective Freedom, is sure to be a balm.” —Romper

“[King] redefines how we can love our existing bodies in positive ways.” —Ebony

"If you’re ready to free yourself from the impossible standards, pick up a copy of King’s book, which traces the history of fat discrimination and how it intersects with other forms of oppression. King also explains the issues with the body positivity movement and how we can truly be liberated from all the appearance-related pressures." —Katie Couric Media

"thought-provoking" —Washington Informer

" exciting, genre-redefining narrative mix of memoir, inspiration, and specific exercises and prompts, weaving in urgent, timely messages about social and racial justice and how they intersect with the fitness and wellness community.” —Essence, "8 Black Women Influencers Who Promote Body Positivity on Social Media"

"The Body Liberation Project is for anyone tired of diet culture and being obsessed with getting skinny. Part memoir, part activities and prompts, Chrissy King's new book is a guide to how to love yourself more. " —Men's Health

"King’s story is a classic example of how anti-fatness and diet culture infiltrates so many people’s lives, leading us to believe that we can (and should) manipulate our bodies to “perfection” when all this fruitless pursuit does is leave us trapped. In her new book, The Body Liberation Project, King proposes an alternative way of living: Burn it all down and you can be free. We’re extremely on board with that—and we’re thrilled to announce The Body Liberation Project as our April SELF Well-Read Book Club pick." —SELF

“The white-dominated wellness and body positivity industry is well overdue this conversation! Chrissy King writes with a clear intersectional lens about the harmful dynamics that impact so many people who don’t fit within the narrow margins of dominant culture. As someone who began her own journey with body liberation only a few short years ago, I wish I’d had this book as a young woman. It would have helped me understand all the ways I was being gaslit, lied to, and manipulated into hating my precious physical being. Reading it now validates my experiences, helping me to more deeply understand the systemic oppressive factors at play. The Body Liberation Project ultimately teaches us the practice of self-love and community love. It teaches us to hold space within our bodies for the nuance, for the possibilities, and for the joy.” —Layla F. Saad, New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy

“The Body Liberation Project Is a book that not only will I carry around with me everywhere, but I will buy for everyone I know and love. That’s a promise. This exquisite gem of a book is powerfully and beautifully written. I learned so much throughout this book that I went back and read it a second time. I cannot express in words its healing powers so you’re going to have to read it for yourself. And then thank me. Or rather, thank Chrissy King, as we all should be doing. This is the book that we have been waiting for and it has arrived right on time. And now, I will go back and read it a third time and then again. May we continue to not only learn, but to unlearn. Thank you, Chrissy King.” —Jen Pastiloff, bestselling author of On Being Human
“Chrissy King's book is refreshing and timely! It unfolds the narrative of the way that racism and diet culture impact marginalized communities, and serves as a mirror and bridge to feeling more at peace with ourselves and liberated within our bodies.” —Alishia McCullough, author and founder of BlackEmbodied Counseling and Consulting

"How can we learn to love and accept our bodies in a society that tells us everything about them is wrong? The Body Liberation Project is the course that we all need for intersectionality on diet culture, racism, and what body positivity should be. Chrissy King intertwines her experiences of her own body liberation journey with thoughtful prompts in order to get the reader thinking about their own relationship to their body. In a world that is constantly telling us to change and that we should look a certain way, liberating ourselves from that narrative is the most radical thing we can do." —Shana Minei Spence, MS, RDN, CDN of The Nutrition Tea LLC
Chrissy King is a writer, speaker, strength coach, and educator with a passion for creating a diverse and inclusive wellness industry. She empowers individuals to stop shrinking, start taking up space and use their energy to create their specific magic in the world. With degrees in Social Justice and Sociology from Marquette University, Chrissy merges her passion for Social Justice and her passion for fitness to empower individuals within the fitness and wellness industry to create spaces that allow individuals from all backgrounds to feel seen, welcome, respected and celebrated.