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Intro: On 20 October 2016 at the Metamorphosis event in Adelaide, South Australia, Taryn gives an inspirational speech about women’s struggles with body image, including her own. She speaks about the real-life tragedies we are ignoring (war, missing children, and homelessness) because of the tragedies the media want us to focus on within ourselves (cellulite, weight, and curves)....

What Age Can I Bring My Kids to see Embrace? This is a question that has been coming up quite a bit. There are some themes in Embrace that parents might see as unsuitable for their children. We fully appreciate that every child is unique and what might be appropriate for one child is not appropriate for another. With that in mind, I have outlined below the areas in Embrace that were mentioned in the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification’s report when giving the film an unrestricted M (mature) rating. Accompanied, are their reasonings of why these segments are justified within the overall context of the film. The film includes: A reasonable amount of non-sexual nudity This includes brief depictions of women’s breasts, buttocks and genital nudity in medical and natural...

We asked 100 people from the ages of 1-100 what one word they use to describe their body. The answers we received were similar among people of the same age but differed immensely between generations. Firstly, we had a chat with the youngest generation. We spoke to some toddlers, kids, and teens and the one word they use to describe their bodies were very happy and positive: fast, flexible, sensitive, colourful, energetic, agile, talented, powerful, capable, lovable, balanced, excellent, unique, and healthy. Next up, we asked older teens and young adults, and even though they came from all different walks of life, their answers were all equally negative. Their replies broke our hearts: lanky, “just okay”, podgy, confused, average, dissatisfied, neglected, dense and curvy, disobedient, and “it is what it is”. Then we asked adults how...

I would say the answer to this question is a resounding YES. Yes, for two fundamental reasons. The first is to ensure that as a parent you engender a healthy body image in your children. The second is because as a society we need to stop the fat shaming and discrimination that is pervasive in the Western world. Let me talk about the first point. As we all know, parents are role models for their children. This is both amazingly powerful and downright terrifying in equal measure. We can have a strong desire for our children to embrace their bodies and have a healthy sense of self, but is this possible if we, as parents, do not hold the same values for our own body? Can we expect our children to...

Intro: On 7 May 2015, Lola Ogunnaike and Shannon Lanier discuss with Taryn her journey to a positive body image. She explains her reasons for not getting surgery, and for quitting the body building challenge. She touches on celebrity’s responsibility to their fans to promote a healthy body image....

Well the first thing I need to say is WOW. Over 2.6million people viewed the post and over 14000 people felt it was worth sharing with their friends. Over 2300 people have taken the time to give their personal opinion on the post in the comments section, and it is to this that I would like to turn my attention. Click the link below to see the post via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=314574818670200&set=a.209208695873480.46106.207017289425954&type=1&theater The majority of comments indicated that people found the post to be not only powerful but empowering as well. Many women (and men) expressed appreciation for the post in highlighting the importance to them of learning self acceptance. As one of the main aims of the Body Image Movement is to communicate the message of accepting and loving our body, this has...

My 8 year old daughter stands in front of the mirror and tells herself that she’s fat. I’m really worried that this is my fault because she has heard me say that too. What can I do to help her? It has been shown in research that young children are influenced by their parents’ levels of body preoccupation and disordered eating. It makes sense that children raised in environments where the focus is on looking a certain way, constantly dieting, and self criticisms from parents about how they look, will result in those children having a greater focus themselves on the way they look and the pressure to look a certain way. Children do learn a great deal from their parents, and if they are exposed to an environment where looking...

There’s no denying that our culture and the media are obsessed with women’s looks and if you open any fashion magazine or watch a music video you’ll know that the media is not kind to our girls. We need to armour our girls and protect them from the unrealistic expectations and unattainable ideals of beauty. When children feel good about themselves they are better equipped to resist negative pressures and have an easier time handling conflict. So what can we do to help them?  Be mindful of your language – if you spend time critiquing yourself and your own body (and others) your daughter is going to be influenced by what you say and negative diet talk or judging others will become part of her language and vocabulary Place less emphasis on how...

It saddens me greatly to see people who are so intensely preoccupied with a dislike of their body based on their perception of how they look. Having worked as a clinical psychologist for a number of years now, I have never failed to be struck by the large numbers of clients who present to me with issues associated with poor body image and resultant low self-esteem. Men and women of all ages and those from differing social and cultural backgrounds are vulnerable to issues of negative body image. For so many people the size and shape of our bodies can become an intensely negative preoccupation. This preoccupation – or constant negative self-focus – has understandable consequences for our self-esteem, mood, relationships, confidence, and our general satisfaction with life. This includes our ability...