Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon – Buy at Amazon.com*
Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body by Lesley Kinzel – Buy at Amazon.com*
I Belly Dance Because: The Transformative Power of Dance by Terri Allred – Buy at Amazon.com*
Blogs and websites
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
Bacon L, Aphramor L. Weight Science: Evaluating the evidence for a paradigm shift. Nutr J 2011, 10:9.
Downey DJ, Reel JJ, et al. Body image in belly dance: integrating alternative norms into collective identity. Journal of Gender Studies. Vol. 19, Iss. 4, 2010.
Field AE, Austin SB, et al. Relation between dieting and weight change among preadolescents and adolescents. Pediatrics. 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-analysis. JAMA.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 Men. JAMA. 1999;282(16):1547-1553.
Every Body Dance Now by Ragen Chastain
Clothing and Merchandise
Shimmy Sista – Belly dance clothing for plus size dancers & divas!