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Well, hello! As I write this I am currently sitting at The Bondi Skate Park in Sydney watching my 10-year-old, Oliver do tricks on his scooter while I put together this little update for you. I’m not usually down with doing two things at once, especially when it comes to my children. I like to stay present and enjoy time with them, but the current trip I’m on in Sydney is a work trip—so ‘Mr 10-year-old’ Oliver has to work with me on this occasion. I have to say the view isn’t too shabby and there is nothing I love more than being out in fresh air with a few rays of sun falling down on me…it’s bliss. The past few years has been quite a big juggle for me, trying to...

The sheer number of people who cross our path here at the Body Image Movement continually blows me away. Just last week we had a reach on social media of over 6.4 million people. That is A LOT of people and whilst the Body Image Movement moves faster than ever – reaching more and more people worldwide – I thought it would be the perfect time to spotlight the tiny team behind the growing Body Image Movement. Yes, we are a tiny team. The round-the-clock social media content, kickass initiatives and programs, and our speedy email responses don’t come from a multi-level building with dozens of people, it comes from a single-room office from a single-digit team. From the Girls Night In and the Race to Embrace, we are in no...

Hey boys F#*K a dub and smoke an ounce and girls stay on your knees… Not something you expect to hear in front of your kids right? On the weekend I took my three kids to Bounce—an indoor, kid’s paradise, wall to wall trampolines. I was excited to spend a fun day out with my little ones, what I didn’t expect was to walk away feeling anger and frustration. Unlike the previous weekend where I bounced for 3 hours straight, this week I decided to give my pelvic floor muscles a break and sit on the sidelines and instead, enjoy the view. Unfortunately for me, the view was a huge TV screen playing music videos. Not just any music videos, I couldn’t believe my eyes, in an environment filled with young children and...

NOTE FROM BIM. We know you all have an interest in how to change the media’s use of Photoshop but the laws behind it all can sometimes become a jumble of big lawyer words that just go straight over our heads! So the amazing Dr Marilyn Bromberg has brought you the super-easy & super-effective Guide to Body Image Law! DISCLAIMER: We want to make it clear that some women are naturally thin and Marilyn’s comments in this article discuss their weight purely from the basis of the media having an exclusive ideal of body image. Neither Marilyn nor The Body Image Movement advocates what has become known as ‘skinny-shaming’ or the shaming of any body, no matter the size. My name is Dr Marilyn Bromberg; I am a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty...

One of the most impactful actions I took, was tapping into having more gratitude for all the things my body could do. So many of us have gone down this road of hating our bodies, loathing our bodies, being so anchored down about how we feel about our bodies. It has become so consuming that we have become obsessed thinking about these bodies being less than perfect. If we look at what our bodies can do, not just how they look, we really should be very grateful. My legs can run, my arms can hug, my body completed a marathon. What my body looks like doesn’t define me. What does define me, is who I am as a person and how I contribute to the world. When I started considering my body,...

This question has come up quite a few times. I don’t know anyone –and have never met anyone– who has made a positive, meaningful, lifelong change that came from fear or shame. If we really want to help people make better choices around their health and wellbeing, we need to help them embrace. We need to encourage one another to have self-respect and self-love, and we need to promote self-care. It is evident that people who embrace their bodies and feel good about themselves make better and healthier choices. Exercising should not be a punishment Exercising and moving your body is pleasurable. There’s no good or bad food, food is just food, and I think we need to respect and love our bodies and make choices that fuel us well and give us...

What parents need to understand, is that we are kings and queens in the minds of our children. They look up to us and we have to model positive behaviour when it comes to our bodies and the relationships we have with our bodies. I’ve had many discussions over the years with mums in particular whose child has developed a dissatisfaction for their body and how it looks, and the conversations I have with that particular mum is that they have exercised their bodies and dieted as a form of punishment, not pleasure. Our kids hear and see everything, and in our homes, we need to promote a safe space for them to flourish. Remove scales; don’t allow that square box to determine your worth. In terms of older kids and social...