Self-confidence is a tricky thing, especially if you are plus size. The following books will help to boost your self-esteem, because the idea of “ideal” shape is simply doesn't exist.

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A Fat Girl's Confidence: I'm Fat. So What? by Patrice Shavone Brown

Most people think big girls have low self esteem and do not feel as sexy as the models with the perfect bodies that we constantly see on TV. I never knew there was anything wrong with me until I kept seeing people on TV telling me I was too fat, too sloppy and definitely ugly. Every commercial emphasizes the need to have that perfect plastic-factory body. While everyone think that fat is sloppy or unattractive, I have learned to embrace it. I choose to live my life fat, free and fabulous! And I am here to motivate you.

Patrice Shavone Brown reveals her truth and secrets to being and becoming a proud fat girl. As you read this book, you will discover the confidence that you never thought you could have. Join the Confident Fat Girls Movement with Patrice. “Let's be the beauty they all said we could never be,” she concludes.


The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You're In by Tess Holliday

Plus-­size supermodel Tess Holliday’s passionate plea for modern women, whoever they are, is to be comfortable in their own skin. In her first book, she shares her powerful personal story and offers inspiration and tips to women everywhere that will help them not merely survive, but thrive and chart their own course to acceptance, power, and true beauty.


Conversations With the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer

Taunted for being ‘the fat girls' at school, Maggie and Olivia swore to be best friends forever. But now they're grown up is their friendship big enough to survive?

Maggie's dreams remain unfulfilled. She works in a coffee shop, has never shifted the pounds, and harbours a painfully unrequited crush on her colleague. Worse still, she's agreed to be bridesmaid for the now size 6 (after surgery) Olivia, who has found her Mr Perfect as well as lots of new, more fashionable friends.


Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller

At twenty-nine, Kelsey Miller had done it all: crash diets, healthy diets, and nutritionist-prescribed “eating plans,” which are diets that you pay more money for. She'd been fighting her un-thin body since early childhood, and after a lifetime of failure, finally hit bottom. No diet could transform her body or her life. There was no shortcut to skinny salvation. She'd dug herself into this hole, and now it was time to climb out of it.


The Secret Life of a Curvy Girl by Hillary McFarland

Your body is a temple. But what if you hate it?The Secret Life of a Curvy Girl is a creative and compassionate guide to making peace with the body you have right now. Through intimate personal stories, creative assignments, thoughtful journaling prompts, and Scriptural truth, Hillary McFarland reveals a love-based, holistic approach to healing body shame.