Taryn Brumfitt says children were the catalyst for embracing her body

Body image advocate Taryn Brumfitt said it “took a while” to embrace her body, but now she wants to help all Australians do the same.

The 2023 Australian, who is in the process of creating her third documentary and is about to launch body image resources for schools, said she was “humbled, thrilled and deeply honoured” to have won the award

The Body Image Movement creator’s journey with “Embrace” began after giving birth to her three children.

“I struggled with my body image after having my kids,” she told ABC News on Thursday.

“Eventually I learned to embrace my body. It took a while, but I got there and for me it felt like winning the golden ticket.

“I’ve learned to embrace my body thanks to my daughter, and now we’re going out into the world to help all Australians embrace their bodies too.”

The 45-year-old went viral after giving a ‘before and after’ photo a spin, with her before photo one of her bodybuilding days, and her after photo showing her carrying more weight but being comfortable on the skin.

Ms Brumfitt has already written books and released two documentaries over the past decade as part of her campaign to spread self-awareness, which has already reached 200 million people.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said every Australian knew someone who had been affected by body image issues, some even fatally, and Ms Brumfitt’s work was important in changing the conversation.

‚ÄúTaryn’s message, to be proud of your body and who you are and that everyone should be valued for who they are. Not just talking about their body weight, but talking about the whole range of issues regardless of the color of their skin or how tall they are, just loving your body is a really good message,” she told ABC Radio.

“And Taryn, I think she will make a huge difference this year, just as Dylan Alcott has been an extraordinary Australian of the Year over the past 12 months in raising issues about people with disabilities.”

Ms Brumfitt is wasting no time in using her platform, having called a meeting with her team “early in the morning” to ramp up her campaign to reach one million schoolchildren.

“Our goal was (to reach) one million schoolchildren over the next three years. I spoke to my team early this morning and said, “Do you think we can do it for the next 12 months now with this Australian of the Year”? she said

“We have all agreed that we will go.

“We want as many Australians to know about (Embrace Hub) because it has evidence-based resources to help you nurture your body. Respect it, embrace it, enjoy it.

“Now is the time to have a national conversation about how we feel about our bodies because it is not our purpose in life to be at war with it.”

His attention is also now focused on preaching that is acceptable to men.

Originally published as Australian of the Year, Taryn Brumfitt says embracing her body was “a golden ticket”.

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