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“Curvy Yoga®: Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day”, Guest-Jelley, Anna
Have you wanted to try yoga but wondered if it was for you? Or perhaps you were uncertain whether you could carry out the poses? As the creator of a body-affirming yoga phenomenon that embraces people of all shapes and sizes, Anna Guest-Jelley has written an encouraging book that is about to becom . . .
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“Don't Diet”, Atrens, Dale
A psycho-biologist with a keen interest in weight control, Atrens contends that being fat does not necessarily mean being unhealthy, that weight loss is not possible or desirable for most people, that diets don't work, and that exercise is not a good way to lose weight.  He states rather, . . .
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“Don't Weight: Eat Healthy and Get Moving NOW!”, Bliss, Kelly
"Don't Weight" focuses on improving all aspects of health: physical, social, and psychological well being. Bliss is skilled at suggesting and supporting changes in the way people think about themselves and about the world." (2000)   Purchase book . . .
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“Eat, Drink & Be Merry: America's Doctor Tells You Why the Health Experts are Wrong”, Edell, Dean
Dr. Dean Edell tells stories of inaccurate media frenzies and challenges society's assumptions about overweight people; also the value of exercise for longevity. Edell's main theme is to enjoy life and not let the health police control one’s lifestyle choices because they're ofte . . .
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“Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body.”, Stanley, Jessamyn
From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes.  It’s a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we. Workman Publishing Company (201 . . .
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“Megayoga”, Garcia, Megan
This book describes a “unique and inspiring program designed specifically for larger women whose needs have not been met by mainstream yoga instructors”. Author is a successful plus-size model and certified Manhattan-based yoga instructor.  DVD also available. DK Publishing (2006) . . .
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“The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health”, Campos, Paul
Campos believes that the efforts to portray fat as unhealthy and unacceptable are driven by junk science, hatred of fat people, and a profit-hungry dieting industry.  He boldly states that a cultural phenomenon - society's hysterical fear of body fat - is the real health hazard, not the o . . .
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“The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine ”, Gershon, Michael
Dr. Michael Gershon has devoted his career to understanding the human bowel (the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and colon). His thirty years of research have led to an extraordinary rediscovery: nerve cells in the gut that act as a brain. This "second brain" can control our gut all by itself . . .
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“The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts”, Blank, Hanne
This empowering exercise guide is big on attitude, giving plus-size women the motivation and information they need to move their bodies and improve their health. Ten Speed Press (2012)   Purchase book . . .
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“Women Afraid to Eat: Breaking Free in Today's Weight-Obsessed World”, Berg, Frances
Women Afraid To Eat documents the physical and psychological harm done by social images which focus on the detriments of eating. From fad diets to weight prejudices, this tells women how to break free of weight obsession. Healthy Weight Network (2000)   Purchase book . . .
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“Yoga XXL”, Kollak, Ingrid
From a review by ASDAH member Barbara Altman Bruno, Ph.D: Yoga XXL by Ingrid Kollak, RN, Ph.D., is an excellent introduction and guide to yoga for larger people. The excellence starts with the cover, which shows several plus- and super-sized women in various yoga poses. Just a glance at the c . . .
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