155: Going Beyond BODY POSITIVITY + Toward BODY LIBERATION with Chrissy King

When you’re feeling down about your body, that feeling can take over — and turning it around can be a lot more complicated than just saying positive affirmations about the skin you’re in.

How do we move beyond our ideas of what positive body image (and even “body positivity”) should look like, and work toward something greater and long-lasting?

Today’s guest is Chrissy King, author of THE BODY LIBERATION PROJECT: How Understanding Racism and Diet Culture Helps Cultivate Joy and Build Collective Freedom. In this episode, we talk about:

  • What the difference is between body image, body neutrality, body positivity, and body liberation
  • Why “loving your body” is so freaking hard to do — from both an emotional and societal standpoint
  • What body liberation actually FEELS like (and how you can take steps to get there)
  • How to recocile conflicting thoughts/feelings about your body and the way it should or shouldn’t be
  • Why Chrissy says you might experience a grief or mourning of your body while working toward body liberation
  • How to deal with other people’s triggering comments
  • …and more!


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. She has been featured in SELF, SHAPE, Health, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, Muscle and Fitness, and Livestrong, among others. 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.


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