Writer Heidi Anderson recently saw Taryn Brumfitt’s documentary Embrace. We’ve covered it a few times because we’re so excited to see it, and desperately want to see more women make films that aren’t censored about the female body. And since we haven’t been able to see the movie just yet, it was a special treat to read Heidi’s takeaways from the film in Perth Now.
She starts the review by saying, “I am getting teary just writing this as something really stood out for me in the film and I want to share it with you as I think so many of you could relate too. In the doco, Taryn sits down with talk show host Ricky Lake, who has suffered severe negative body image her entire life. Taryn posed a question to her that I can’t get out of my head — ‘What would it feel like to not worry about your weight?'”
Immediately I visualized this scene, and it too made me emotional! To know so many women, like myself who have thought about their weight, compared their weight to others, or thought about the amount of time we’ve spent in our lives thinking about a number on a scale just makes me angry.
The writer when on to talk about her boyfriend asking her about her happiness with her weight and if she would ever stop being on diets, in which she asked herself, “When will it stop? When will I be happy and stop worrying about how many calories I’ve eaten or how much I’ve trained this week? When will I start living in the moment and be happy with my body? When will I accept my body shape and size? When will I stop looking in the mirror hating on every little roll or imperfection?” A question we all need to ask ourselves.