29 Jul 2016

Fighting body shaming

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:15 pm on 29 July 2016

Australian mother of three, Taryn Brumfitt sparked a global conversation about body image, simply by posting two images on her website

Taryn Brumfitt before and After

Taryn Brumfitt before and After Photo: supplied

The before photo is from her body building days. The “after” photo is when she accepted the way she looked in normal life.

Taryn Brumfitt admits she would stare in the mirror and tell herself how fat, ugly, and disgusting she was after having children. She went hard out to get a bikini body, but was still unhappy. She realised she needed to be happy with what she had and stop trying so hard to look a certain way. She also realised that if she was going to teach her own daughter to love her body, then she had to do the same.

She says poor body image has become a global epidemic. Too many women around the world hate their bodies. So she decided to find out why, and if there was anything she could do about it.

Her powerful and confronting documentary Embrace is screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival .

Taryn Brumfitt joins Jesse in the Auckland studio.

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