Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon – Buy at* / Buy at*

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon – Buy at*

The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health by Paul Campos – Buy at* / Buy at*

Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America’s Obesity Epidemic by J. Eric Oliver – Buy at* / Buy at*

What’s Wrong with Fat? by Abigail C. Saguy – Buy at* / Buy at*

Talking Fat: Health vs. Persuasion in the War on Our Bodies by Lonie McMichael Ph.D. – Buy at*  / Buy at*

The Fat Chick Works Out! by Jeanette Lynn Depatie – Buy at* / Buy at*

Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body by Lesley Kinzel – Buy at*

I Belly Dance Because: The Transformative Power of Dance by Terri Allred – Buy at*

Blogs and websites

Belly Dance

Belly Dance Business Academy*

I Belly Dance Because Facebook Campaign

Your Body Raks

Belly Dance Plus

Curvy Hips

Big Time Belly Dance

Health/Fat Acceptance

Health at Every Size

Health at Every Size Blog

Dances with Fat

Body Love Wellness

Never Diet Again

How to NOT Eat Chocolate Cake

Fierce, Freethinking Fatties

The Fat Nutritionist

Fit Fatties Forum

Association for Size Diversity and Health

More of Me to Love

Fat Heffalump


Media articles

Musings on Being a Fat Belly Dancer by Miriam H.F. Berger on NJ Belly Dance

Self-esteem and the Belly Dancer by Taaj on Gilded Serpent

Belly Dancing Builds a Better Body Image by Meagan Shinn on Athens BLVD

Health at Every Size? by Renee Michael on The New York Times

Dieting Does Not Work, UCLA Researchers Report by Stuart Wolpert for the UCLA Newsroom

Thoughts On Life Changes, Size Acceptance, And Bellies by Jeana on My Sex Professor

Belly Dancing For Every Body by Amy Brase. Originally published as the cover story of the Jul-Aug 09 Issue of Rochester Woman

What Performing With a Belly Dancing Troupe Taught Me About Life by Catherine Chen, PhD for the Huffington Post

Give weight-loss diets a rest by Abigail C. Saguy and Tamara B. Horwich on the Oxford University Press


Journal articles

Bacon L, Aphramor L. Weight Science: Evaluating the evidence for a paradigm shiftNutr J 2011, 10:9.

Downey DJ, Reel JJ, et al. Body image in belly dance: integrating alternative norms into collective identityJournal of Gender Studies. Vol. 19, Iss. 4, 2010.

Field AE, Austin SB, et al. Relation between dieting and weight change among preadolescents and adolescentsPediatrics. 2003 Oct;112(4):900-6.

Flegal KM, Kit BK, Orpana H, Graubard BI. Association of All-Cause Mortality With Overweight and Obesity Using Standard Body Mass Index Categories: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysisJAMA.2013 ;309(1): 71-82. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.113905.

Mann T, Tomiyama AJ, et al. Medicare’s Search for Effective Obesity Treatments: Diets Are Not the Answer. Am Psychol. 2007 Apr;62(3):220-33. – From the article: “There is little support for the notion that diets lead to lasting weight loss or health benefits.”

Matheson EM, King DE and Everett CJ. Healthy Lifestyle Habits and Mortality in Overweight and Obese Individuals. J Am Board Fam Med January-February 2012 vol. 25 no. 1 9-15.

Methods for voluntary weight loss and control. NIH Technology Assessment Conference Panel. Ann Intern Med. 1992 Jun 1;116(11):942-9.

Miller WC. How effective are traditional dietary and exercise interventions for weight loss? Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999 Aug;31(8):1129-34.

Paffenbarger RS, Hyde R, et al. Physical Activity, All-Cause Mortality, and Longevity of College Alumni. N Engl J Med. 1986; 314:605-613.

Wei M, Kampert JB, Barlow CE, et al. Relationship Between Low Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Mortality in Normal-Weight, Overweight, and Obese MenJAMA. 1999;282(16):1547-1553.



America the Beautiful by Darryl Roberts –  Watch at* / Buy at*

America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments by Darryl Roberts – Watch at*


Instructional DVDs

Belly Dance for Every Body: Volume 1 – Vertical Circles by Huraiva

Every Body Dance Now by Ragen Chastain


Clothing and Merchandise

Shimmy Sista – Belly dance clothing for plus size dancers & divas!


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