Book review: The Goddess Revolution | Mel Wells

Mel Wells is an ex-soap actor and suffered with eating disorders for most of her life. She has taken her path out of self-destruction and turned it into a dieter’s anti-diet book: ‘The Goddess Revolution’.

At its heart, ‘The Goddess Revolution’ is simple. It tells people (mostly women, let’s be honest) to stop battling themselves and their body, and swap those feelings of angst and hatred for love and listening: to what is healthy because it feels good, and because it’s what your body wants.

As a message, it works. How we would all love to throw away the scales and measuring tapes, forget about the latest fads, stop endlessly critiquing and comparing ourselves and just live our lives and feel healthy! Shed the pounds without struggling and feeling like constant failures! In many ways, loving yourself and treating yourself well should just be, well… common sense. The reason more people don’t already practice it however, is because from day dot we’ve been assailed with endless media and social conditioning which tells us that we’re never thin enough, smooth enough, young enough, and that all of our lumps and jiggly bits — even if not really overweight — are things to be ashamed of and keep hidden, or diet away. And one book, however well-meaning, is not capable of undoing those years of overt and implied messages.

This is where ‘The Goddess Revolutio’n (and in my opinion, all self-help books) tend to fall down. Most of the authors have been on a years-long personal journey to achieve the wisdom they are trying to impart, something that is difficult to condense into a handful of pages. Taken at face value, ‘The Goddess Revolution’ is a relatable, interesting story and a positive, common-sense approach which may serve as a good jumping-off point for those wishing to change their thought processes around their bodies and food. Just don’t expect it to be a miracle cure.

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