I've been trying to decide if I wanted to write this post, or what I could offer that hasn't already been said. But then I realized, my support of this movement is so important to me- I need to share it with you.
Have y'all seen the documentary Embrace?
I went to see it last week with some of my girlfriends and it was so powerful and moving; if you haven't seen it- you definitely need to. You can watch the trailer here; and also check to see when it will be playing in a theater near you.
I personally was never bullied in elementary or high school for how I looked. I went to an all-women's college and I think that environment did a really great job of teaching women that we are so much more than appearance or weight. I learned to value myself for my skills, work ethic, and intelligence- aspects that aren't based on physical beauty.
That's not to say I'm perfect or always happy when I look in the mirror. Like any woman in western society, I've compared myself to the unrealistic photoshopped images in magazines, of models and actresses. How could I not? We are fed this idea of the perfect woman, of accepting unrealistic body images, and an untrue idea that thinness is equivalent to health.
I think it's important to live a healthy lifestyle- eating well and exercising regularly; and that is enough. We are all enough. As we are; no fad diet or extreme exercising regimen is going to fix how we feel about our bodies. As Tarryn says in the film, we need to focus on changing our attitudes about our bodies, not our bodies themselves.