I am so excited to introduce Dr Lindsay Kite! She and her identical twin co-authored the book More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament and co-director the nonprofit Beauty Redefined. They both received PhDs from the University of Utah in the study of female body image and have become leading experts in body image resilience and media literacy.
Lindsay and Lexie help girls and women recognize and reject the harmful effects of objectification in their lives through their significant social media reach, online Body Image Resilience course and facilitator program for dieticians and therapists, their popular book (More Than a Body), and regular speaking engagements for thousands of people of all ages.
Their work centers on the truth that positive body image isn’t believing your body looks good, it’s knowing your body is good, regardless of how it looks. This refined definition of positive body image provides the foundation for their work to arm people with the tools to build resilience in a culture that objectifies and commodifies bodies.
I ask Lindsay how they started into this work and we talk about reassessing how we think about ourselves and our bodies.
I ask her the following questions:
How to talk to the next generation about their bodies.
What is the difference between body positivity and body neutrality?
I feel like your book “More Than a Body” is a necessary read every year for the rest of my life, do you feel the same?
Valuing ourselves beyond what we look like isn’t just about weight, it’s about aging, it’s about everything our body goes through. Let’s talk about that.
Let’s talk about the word fat and people’s reactions to the word, including shattering the world views around fatness and fatphobia.
If you could narrow the book down to one major takeaway, what would it be?
Is there hope for the next generation? Are we doing better?