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Allison Tunis is a perfect example of a woman impacting the world with her unique life experiences and her background. Allison has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta, and a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.

Her book, Body Love: A Fat Activism Colouring Book is an embodiment of her impressive strides in self and body love as a plus size woman, and her love for art therapy.

Researchers and mental health officers have proven that colouring has a therapeutic effect which reduces anxiety and creates focus. Colouring has similar effects as meditation. They allow our brains to focus on the moment, switching off from other thoughts that may try to creep in.

After learning about self love, stable mental health, and the fat activism movement, Allison decided to create an educational and therapeutic colouring book for people who are plus-size, who are struggling with body love. In her book, Body Love: A Fat Activism Colouring Book, she fuses her love for art and her knowledge and experience of self love into a masterpiece aimed at giving all plus size women a chance to love and accept themselves just as they are.

"This book was created to show that people can be sexy, creative, active, successful and so much more at all sizes, and that there should be no limitations on what you can dream or accomplish," Allison says.

Her work seeks to refashion the perception of conventional beauty, create acceptance of all body types in the society and create more instances of self love in plus-size women.

Body Love features black and white images of 23 fat activists with diverse backgrounds. It includes a body advocate, a model, an author, a mental health professional, and more. According to Allison, these people showed her that she could be fat and happy. She says that, their acceptance of themselves fueled her journey to learn to love herself too.

In her own words, "You don't have to wait until you're an "acceptable" size or more traditionally attractive to do the things you want to do. Wear the bikini, take the boudoir photos, dance, run, do whatever you desire. These are not size-specific activities."

Get a copy of this therapeutic colouring book from Amazon and join Tunis as she challenges the accepted stereotypes of beauty.

For every copy of Body Love bought, a part of the proceeds is given to the Canadian Mental Health Association. So when you buy, you are not only looking out for yourself, you're also part of a movement to support mental health in Canada.

I know I'm getting one soon! What about you?

Submitted by: Kelechi

Photo Credits: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0988/3048/products/IMG_2445.jpg?v=1472580854 ; http://www.designindaba.com/sites/default/files/node/news/22304/gallery/allison-tunnis-02.jpg ; http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0988/3048/products/IMG_2448_1024x1024.jpg?v=1472580857
Sources: http://www.designindaba.com/articles/creative-work/body-love-adult-colouring-book-challenging-how-we-see-our-bodies
http://wearyourvoicemag.com/body-politics/body-love-coloring-book
http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/real-life/this-colouring-book-is-challenging-how-we-see-our-bodies-418179.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/body-positive-colouring-book-allison-tunis_uk_57c595d2e4b0cc2b92b1875f
http://mashable.com/2016/08/27/fat-activism-coloring-book/#.YyRh.7bW8qB
http://allisontunis.weebly.com/biography.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/

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