We are so pleased to announce that Nutriri* is an education partner for the movie Embrace; a movie that is funding a body image PSHE education package into UK schools.
Nutriri* hosted screenings at
About Nutriri* – Eating disorders cost the UK £15bn each year; slimming clubs have 2 million members paying £5 to stand on scales – that’s £500m yearly – we believe that these facts are TOO connected and seek to change conversations.
By being the UK’s first weekly body positive club – Nutriri* is changing the diet industry ‘for good’ – we are a social enterprise (a business that will make a profit but pledge to reinvest profits) helping more people #embrace.
Check out the trailer below…
UPDATE: Here is a review of our Axminster Embrace night (5th Jan) written by my good friend Jayne from Puthill Writing Services.
Love the Only Body You Have – Embrace the documentary
Poor body image is a huge issue and this film has some strong and very positive messages – go and see it as soon as you can; take your friends, your mother, your daughters, take your partners.
Embrace the documentary was made by Australian woman, Taryn Bumfritt, founder of the Body Image Movement, to try to address the global problem of poor body image. She finally learnt to love her body after having three babies and accepting the effects that pregnancy and birth can have on us – sagging boobs, flabby tummies, stretch marks and weight gain that’s hard to shift. The film has the support of education and health specialists and it’s Taryn’s aim to get Embrace shown in every educational establishment free of charge.
Her pivotal moment was when she got to the point of booking surgery to resolve what she hated about her body. She thought a lot about the messages this was giving to her very young daughter and realised that this was a perpetual cycle that needed to be broken. Although she felt stuck in a repulsive body she questioned how much happier she would be with a ‘perfect body’, with all the change, dieting and intensive exercise she would have to follow to achieve that. She cancelled the surgery and from that moment decided that she would enjoy life free from the constant obsession of having a ‘perfect body’.
So she posted before and after pictures of herself on FaceBook; the usual way is that the last photo shows weight loss and the perfect body that society thrusts upon us, but in this case the pictures were in reverse. The first one showed Taryn after she’d spent months working out and dieting to get her body back after the birth of her first child; she’d achieved the so-called perfect bikini body. The second picture showed her two more babies on, completely naked having embraced her natural shape. It went viral. She received thousands of comments; some were very sad stories from women who felt so judged by their body shape that they had lost all self esteem and hit incredible lows, others were scathing insults that were blatantly cruel and unnecessary. Taryn was now a body image warrior, with a mission to annihilate poor body image.
It’s a documented fact that 70% of women have negative thoughts about their bodies. The root problem is of course that both consciously and subconsciously, women always compare themselves to the body images that we are constantly bombarded with in today’s society – in other words, bodies that have been airbrushed and photoshopped and don’t actually exist. This could be interpreted as mere vanity, but the fact remains that it happens and it causes a lot of misery, leading to medical and psychological issues (90% of anorexia and bulimia sufferers are women). There is so much focus on appearance with praise for looking slim or pretty – we all do it, but in the grand scheme of things it really isn’t that important – what about world peace, child poverty, the environment?
Taryn even subjects herself to the poking and prodding of a cosmetic surgeon who tells her how to improve her body. She listens to people’s stories; an anorexic woman, a young girl who got caught up in a forest fire and suffered terrible burns to her face and body, even models who hate things about their bodies. It’s certainly thought provoking and helps to put things into perspective – something that is often not done until a major event forces us to look at the bigger picture – illness, a death, redundancy, an accident. Only then do we realise that having the perfect body isn’t a priority; your body works, it gets you through this one life you have – stop hating it.
It’s a very powerful way to put across what should be a simple message; we are all so much more than what we look like so we should stop wasting time and energy worrying about our appearance. Too often you hear of women who reach middle age and beyond before they realise that what they look like isn’t the be all and end all of everything; so many wasted years!
Taryn met some amazing people with incredible stories and she got some of the answers she wanted. But how do we change? How do we learn to truly love our bodies if they don’t live up to misperceived expectations? The most obvious message is that we must silence our inner critics – for ourselves, our daughters, our granddaughters and for future generations; we have to accept and love what we are. And body shaming has to stop, no-one should judge anyone because of how they look; appearance should never take priority over attributes like kindness, compassion, intelligence, being a good wife/mother/friend.
It’s pointed out that self-conscious feelings about ourselves are reflected in our behaviour and in turn, in the way others react towards us. One woman in the film suggests telling yourself you are beautiful/clever/funny and to keep reaffirming that until you believe it. Positive messages can get through but it’s not necessarily going to be easy. Give it a try, join a body image support group.
To quote the last lines of the film: “We are not ornaments. Don’t waste a single day of your life being at war with your body – just embrace it.”
Author: Jayne Everard, Puthill Writing
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