Top Ten Body Image Blogs and Sites

There are more โ€˜body positive’ blogs out there every day, although not as many as there about wacky new ways of losing weight, restricting food, new and “more effective” diet programs and the vital importance to your very being of having a thin body! So I thought a post about the top ten body image blogs would help you to broaden the range of information you’re reading in your quest to find peace with your body while you balance what your body wants with what society seems to demand your body should be.

Choosing ten body image blogs turned out to be trickier than I expected, and it took weeks rather than hours to put together.

UPDATE APRIL 2014: New list of Top Body Image Blogs

I eliminated sites that talk about weight loss, and that left me with a lot less to choose from. I broadened my search to body-positive websites, and in the final gasp, to a solidly-researched series of articles that give an interesting overview of the whole body-image debate and its associated weight-loss scene.

My Personal Top Body Image Blogs

Please note, these are the sites and blogs I most enjoy reading and are not in any particular order! My criteria, and they were very personal, were that the blogs were easy to move around, had body-loving useful content, didn’t hurt my eyes (with for example pink text on a black background or loads of sidebar clutter), and were size- and woman-accepting.

There are other good body image blogs out there that didn’t make it to this list, many in the โ€˜fatosphere’: please feel free to add them to the bottom of this list. Personally I don’t enjoy most “I’m fat and I’m angry” blogs. I get that the writers are angry about the way the world treats fat people (been there, got over the anger), and I acknowledge their right to feel and present the way they do.

Update: Jan 2011 – There are more and more great blogs popping up on this subject, so I’m adding them now, but since a lot of people come looking for this page I’ll leave the title as it is – just so you know I know there are more than ten listings here ๐Ÿ™‚

Update July 2013: Many of the sites below are now inactive. I’m updating the list to add new favourites – as I said above it takes quite some time and research so if you’d like to be notified when the page is up please sign up for my site updates by signing up for the blisspirations.

My picks for the top body image blogs

Here they are, and they’re not ranked in any particular order:

Fat Girls Guide To Living – no longer active so I’ve removed the link

I love this site! It just enjoys life. The girls here are a big team of talented writers (one bloke there ๐Ÿ™‚ ) who all live in average female bodies, in others words with a range of sizes and shapes. They write about life, the universe and everything, often addressing the ridiculousness of our cultural anorexic thinking. This is a place where you’ll really comfortable, go there now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Big Fat Deal – still there but largely inactive

http://www.bfdblog.com “Mo Pie” and “Weetabix” run this blog, which has been around since 2004. Their audience is, “I guess the teenage me, and I’m trying to convince her she’s worth something.”. The posts here get a lot of comments, and mostly they’re very much worth reading. Mo also has a blog where she discusses her many attempts at weight loss (just like the rest of us – the attempts that is, not the blog ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and she discusses how conflicted she is about having a body acceptance blog and a weight loss blog. The weight loss blog these days is, she says, more about nutrition and exercise than about dieting. I love to see women move to healthy attitudes, and even more I love to see them be so open about the experience because it helps so many others.

Beauty and the Breast – sadly this site has shut down so I’ve removed the link

Breasts, along with hips and thighs, are the body parts most women most often want to change. Co-incidence of course, that these are the body parts that most visibly make women different from men. The blog is run by four women, Kacey, Gretchen, Krista, and Beth, who have all had breast implants and have all had major health crises because of the implants rupturing. The site is definitely anti-breast implants, and also has a load of great posts about body image, celebrities and breast implants and more. Unbiased info that can help you weigh up the pros and cons of having implants.

Junkfood Science – sadly no longer active but still has excellent references

http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/ Any time I read something in the main stream media about the latest findings of scientists (what Sandy calls “pop science”) that support the obesity crisis hysteria, I head over to junkfood science where Sandy Szwarc has often posted the whole story. She finds the original study, summarises it, tells you in plain English what it means, and fills in information that might be missing. She also reports loads of research that isn’t sensational enough to make it to the media. Sandy is a registered nurse with a biological science degree working in the field for more than 30 years, and a professional writer for more than 15 years. All that experience tells her that: “Science is being misused for marketing and political purposes. Unsound information proliferates in professional and advocacy organizations, academic institutions and journals; and even professionals aren’t reaching beyond beliefs to critically examine studies and recognize credible information.” Her commitment is to give people information that is “as true as I know it to be”. Deciphering the technicalities is her way of helping you protect yourself!

Luvin’ My Curves – still going strong ๐Ÿ™‚

http://luvinmycurves.blogspot.com Time for a break from the heavy reading! This is a fashion site for plus-sized women owned by law student Ms. LMC. Normally I’m fairly indifferent to the dictates of fashion. I’m a classic-look girl myself, I still wear stuff I had ten years ago because I love it; the power of the classic. ๐Ÿ™‚ But this site is different. The feel is real self-acceptance by Ms LMC while recognizing that she’s not the size 0 “ideal” – and clearly does not want to be. There’s not a whole lot of content like some of the blogs on this list, but there is a whole lot of “I love me” that we could all use more of!

Fat Chicks Rule! Still going strong

http://fatchicksrule.blogs.com/fat_chicks_rule/ This is the blog of Laura Frater, author of Fat chicks Rule!: How to Survive in a Thin-Centric World. Laura watches much of what goes on the media and popular culture around weight loss issues, and offers discussion and commentary around them.

The Healthy Weight Network – Still Going Strong

http://www.healthyweight.net/ Developed by nutritionist and author Francie Berg, the Healthy Weight Network is a great read – expect to spend some time there. Francie has reported the scientific research and commentary on obesity, weight loss, dysfunctional eating and size harassment to health professionals worldwide for over two decades. The site has a great collection of articles on research, the Health at Every Size Movement, and fat politics. Definitely worth spending some time there, and revisiting when the popular press’ bias gets you down! Consider also buying Francies’ books, and the Health At Every Size book, all excellent and very readable reading!

First, Do No Harm

http://www.jonrobison.net This isn’t a blog, but it’s an excellent site! Jon Robison is an exercise physiologist and professor. His site is primarily aimed at health care professionals who are looking for alternatives (or should be looking for alternatives!) to telling their โ€˜overweight’ patients to go on a diet, by providing a more balanced science-based view around weight and eating issues. Clear plain-English information, and loads of it. He is very clear that the unrelenting pressure on women to be thin is driven by those industries which benefit by selling solutions to women’s failing self-esteem. If you want some information to give your GP, send him/her here!

The Body Positive – Still excellent

http://www.bodypositive.com At first glance you’d think this site owned and developed by Debora Burgard is not large. Look a bit deeper though and you’ll find it’s packed full of great discussion for anyone who has body image issues, and also for medical professionals. Find your way around from the “content” link at the top of the page – I found it useful to work through the pages in the order listed on that page, and go back to that page to find the next one. The heart of the site is the โ€˜body positive’ approach to living in your own skin; changing your thinking from “weight loss thinking” to “quality of life thinking”. There are simple exercises sprinkled throughout the site to help you challenge your automatic thinking which adds to the real quality of this site.

Weightless – still excellent

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/ This is one of the blogs at psychcentral, so it’s a professional blog updated several times a week. Written by psych Margarita Tartovsky, once you go there you’ll stay for a while, it’s got that much diverse and very readable content. Most of all, it’s wirtten by someone who understands the ins and outs of body image, and she’s very active in the body image community. Highly recommended.

Digital Retouching – sadly no longer available

This is not a body image site in that it doesn’t have any information on how body image is distorted all around us. What it does have is an amazing interactive pictorial that shows how one lovely young model’s image was digitally retouched to make her match the current idea of “perfect”. We hear that magazines retouch photos, but this makes it very real. And very scary. Because the retouching is so good that you’d never know this perfect creature doesn’t actually exist on the planet. Watch how her breasts get larger, her hips and thighs get smaller, she loses a couple of ribs, and miraculously her skin gets perfect. She’s less a women, more a girl. Probably there’s a place on the planet for photo retouching, I’m not sure where it is, but I think it’s only okay if there’s full disclosure. The lies that โ€˜digital surgery’ represents as truth is killing people women!

The Way We Eat, at Time Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1626795,00.html This is a special feature from Time Magazine, with a series of well-researched and pretty balanced articles about food, body image, weight regulation, and so on. Pay particular attention to the photo series, How the World Eats. Links to all the articles in this feature are on the main page and in a box on the right, part way down the page. The magazine’s health archive is also well worth reading.

And of course, this blog you’re on is pretty good too – please do read more while you’re here ๐Ÿ™‚

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25 Comments

  1. Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC on November 11, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hello,
    Thanks for encouraging women (and men) to shift the focus from “getting skinny” to embracing the body they were born with.

    I am a licensed mental health counselor, and have started a new blog called “Fannies: Reflections on Cookie Dough, Life, and Your Derriere.” It will be an oasis from the tsunami of messages that scream out “To be thin is to be beautiful, and beauty is everything.” Fannies uses humor, psychology, research, story, and narration to help us to embrace the bodies we were born with. The link is http://www.cherriemac.wordpress.com. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again, Cherrie

    • Sandy Kumskov on December 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

      You’re very welcome, I hope it goes well for you!

  2. Cynthia on July 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    So how come there aren’t any listings for petite blogs? Short women have issues too.

    Thanks!

    • Sandy on July 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      Cynthia – good point. I never thought about it specifically to be honest and it didn’t come up in my research. If you can suggest a couple I’d love to have a look at them and maybe add them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sandy

      • Cynthia on April 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm

        @Sandy, I know this post is close to a year old, but there are TONS of petite/height blogs online. They include my site (www.shorty-stories.com), Alterations Needed (www.alterationsneeded.com), Extra Petite (www.extrapetite.com) and Really Petite (www.reallypetite.com).

        • Sandy on April 28, 2011 at 1:11 am

          Thanks Cynthia, I never thought of looking that way – I hope others find these links useful ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Karly Pitman on July 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Sandy,

    I found you through our mutual friend Bonnie of Shape of a Mother.

    I love what you’re doing here and applaud you! I’ve had food and body image issues for much of my life.

    I have a free book on loving your body (http://www.firstourselves.com/2007/body-image-ebook/) and other resources on healing overeating, sugar addiction and body hatred at http://www.firstourselves.com.

    Thank you for all that you’re doing.

    XO, Karly

  4. Theresa Ruth Howard on September 14, 2010 at 3:50 am

    My name is Theresa Ruth Howard and I have just launched a video blog about body image and I would love for you to check it out and if you like it spread the word it is really about trying to get people to learn to accept and appreciate themselves and their bodies regardless of the form they take. it has a great deal of information and I hope that is will be a place where people feel can come enter an honest dialogue. Shout us out if you like us!!!

    http://mybodymyimage.com

    thanks!
    ย keep up the great work!

    Theresa

    • Sandy on September 15, 2010 at 4:51 am

      Hey Theresa, I just popped over to your blog and it looks good! I love that there are more voices out there every day, and still not enough. Let’s stay in touch!

  5. Trish Blackwell on May 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    All of these body images are great — thanks for sharing the links and info. I recently launched a body image and body acceptance / fitness / daily inspiration & positive thinking blog called Beautiful Body Bistro which can be found at http://www.beautifulbodybistro.com; I welcome any and all readers and would love to work with any other body image bloggers out there. I struggled with eating disorders for ten years, have an obsese father, am currently a personal trainer and will be doing my first full Ironman in two months. I can also be found at @trainerTRISH on Twitter. I have a new book about eating disorders and body acceptance coming out soon called “The Skinny, Sexy Mind: How The French Do It”, info on the book and my story can be found on http://www.trishblackwell.com.

    I look forward to connecting with other body image bloggers and helping to shed light on the darkness of negative body image that has secretly and destructively swept our nation!

    ๐Ÿ™‚
    Trish

  6. Paula Ferreira on May 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I love Guiltless. The daily blogs are very inspirational and powerful. So, who are The Guiltless Gals?

    Elizabeth and Stephanie…Elizabeth is a Dietetics student at Boston University, You can find her running, sweating in Hot Yoga, cooking in the kitchen, dining out, exploring Boston, and promoting sustainable local food systems. What she loves most about nutrition is being able to translate nutrition science into simple principles so the average person can increase their wellness and prevent disease. She believes strongly in the power of a plant-based diet to fuel optimal health and fitness. You can find Elizabeth at http://www.dontwhitesugarcoatit.com where she keeps a blog about healthy eating and fitness. You can follow Elizabeth on twitter @ellie88!

    Stephanie is a graduate student of dietetics at Boston University and will enter the Dietetic Internship at a Boston based hospital in Spring 2010. She’s a lover of the Mediterranean Diet and is a firm believer in keeping it simple, real and fresh when it comes to the daily menu. Stephanie lives in Brookline where she enjoys running, biking, swimming, yoga, cooking, and enjoying the company of her incredible friends and family. Her philosophy: Life isn’t waiting for the storm to pass. It’s dancing in the rain. She hopes this blog will inspire everyone to love themselves dearly and to approach food and fitness with an optimistic, curious, and thankful mindset. Read more about Stephanie at Food For Real and follow her on twitter at @FoodForRealBlog!

  7. marta on August 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    hi my name is Marta and im trying to spread the message of positive body image for women, i have made a facebook page called : WE ARE GORGEOUS,REAL WOMEN STRECHMARKS AND ALL..please if you have a facebook page got to it and please “like”my page…
    lets spread the positive body image world wide!!

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  10. Brittany on October 8, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Thanks so much for sharing these top ten blogs! I love how their collective mission is to help everyone achieve a positive body image.

    A few years ago, I’ve created a body image v/blog that talks about body image concerns within the African Diaspora and larger global community. Feel free to check out my blog, and if you know of individuals who may be interested in it, send them my way! Thanks and let us continue to spread the message of self-love.


    Brittany Osbourne is a dual enrolled graduate student earning her PhD in Medical Anthropology, and masters in Digital Art and Science.

    Her current research uses a cultural consonance model to study the association between psychosocial stress and the role biomedical weight classifications and ethnic-specific body ideals play in the everyday experiences of Jamaican women in Miami, FL. She also investigates how virtual technology is used to improve alternative methods for weight classification.

    Her former research examined the body image and maternal health concerns of African American and Afro-Caribbean women in Central and South Florida, and the impact of popular literature and adaptive film in body dissatisfaction among African American and Latino boys.

  11. Christy Primmer on October 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I just stumbled upon this site – way cool! I appreciate all the good work you + others are doing. Together, we are all making a difference in the lives of ourselves + others!

    Much health + success is wished for you x.

    • Sandy on November 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Christy ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Marietta on April 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Hi Sandy,
    Although I have not taken a look at the suggestions, I am sure they are all
    terrific and I thank you in advance for taking the time to compile them. I have
    been wanting to write a blog about the ‘weight issues’ but have yet to sit my
    butt down and do it! Thanks for all you do! Marietta

  13. Sandy Ross on April 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Thanks Marietta ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know when you do write it, would be interested ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Wendy Herrmann Smith on June 1, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Thanks, Sandy. Too bad Beauty and the Breast is gone as that’s big issue for me. Please consider adding my blog to your list. I write about breast size but mostly body image issues in general. http://www.beautybattlefield.blogspot.com. Fair warning: I write from a Christian perspective. Wendy Herrmann Smith @writerwhsmith

    • Sandy Ross on June 1, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Hi Wendy, it is a shame Beauty and Breast have exited stage left ๐Ÿ™ Have you seen the 2014 top body image blogs? Also take a look at http://www.007b.com – great site about normalising variety in breast size ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Lorraine on July 4, 2014 at 8:37 am

    http://www.loveaverage.com is a great website too!

  16. Cherene @ Aura Image Consulting on October 24, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Wow. Thanks for the list! However, I do wish there were more body image blogs focused on skinny women. In other cultures, larger, curvier women are the ideal. In all cases, I love the fact that we have a great online community to support each other.

    • Sandy Ross on October 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Hey Cherene ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you look at the 2014 list? I love the conversations in the sphere now about how all bodies are beautiful regardless of size. I do recognise that everyone feels a need for a special place just for them, AND if we’re going to keep shifting to a cultural recognition that women have value as humans rather than just as ‘hot’ bodies, and help women to disconnect their own sense of self-worth away from how ‘hot or not’ they are, then we need to keep supporting conversations that include everyone’s body type ๐Ÿ™‚

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