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RUNNING FOR EMBRACE KIDS DOCUMENTARY

$37,539 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 863 people in 4 months
Created January 18, 2019
NO CHILD SHOULD HATE THEIR BODY.... 

I'm Taryn Brumfitt, from Adelaide Australia and I've put together a group of people from around the world and we  are running  on 26 May to raise funds to make a documentary on body image. The film will be created for 8-12 year olds and given to schools across the globe as a FREE resource to educate and inspire the next generation to EMBRACE their bodies...

THE VISION...

Taryn Brumfitt, Director of Embrace the documentary and Founder of the Body Image Movement will lead a team of creative and health professionals to bring this much needed film into the classrooms and hearts of the next generation. (see more details below)

On 26 May hundreds of people from the Embrace Team will go for a run, for some it might be 5 kilometres, others a half marathon and for the crazy amongst us a full marathon. Some of us are running for our kids, others for the child within who learned to hate their body long ago, all of us are running for love.

From Adelaide to London, Vancouver to Berlin and everywhere in between, we will unite on this day, wearing bright rainbow colours inspiring the next generation of children to know that their bodies are not ornaments in life, but rather the vehicles to their dreams.  You can run around the block, join the Adelaide marathon, run with your kids, run to the bakery, we don't care where or how - just run! 

Please contribute what you can to this important project and please share the love on socials with the hashtag #embracekidsdocumentary 

** If you want to join the Embrace Team and help us reach the target
Step 1: Visit this page 
Step 2: Click the 'JOIN TEAM' button that appears at the top right of screen!
Step 3: Share your link with all of your friends and ask them to sponsor your run. 

*The funds raised through GO FUND ME will be used to make the documentary - production crew (film/sound) editing, travel, archive footage, legal and accounting fees. 


TARYN'S STORY..

I ran my first marathon for revenge…. this time I am running for love. 

In 2015 despite being a 'non-runner’, I ran my first marathon. I was motivated to run in response to the thousands of trolls around the world that told me how “fat, unhealthy and unfit” my body was when I posted online a reverse "before and after" photograph. I included some of the footage of me running the marathon in my first documentary about body image called 'Embrace'. It was kind of like a big middle finger to all of the people that were so ruthless with their judgment about how my body looked. 

Whilst the impact of Embrace the documentary has been enormous, sadly there is a generation of kids that no matter what we say or do, are struggling to find body acceptance. I’ve met nine-year-old girls on diets, teenage boys on steroids and teenage girls injecting their face with ‘preventative’ Botox.   

One day after presenting at a school I remember walking to my car and thinking about how hard it is to fix such a deep-rooted problem in teenagers. I thought -  if we could create a version of Embrace for the younger market (8-12 years) that lays the foundations of positive body image, we would be giving our children the best opportunity to be healthy, happy and confident in their teenage years and beyond. 

So with your help, that’s what we are going to do! Make a documentary that has the same heart and soul of its ‘mother’ Embrace (see trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__2AayArYfs )for our kids. The money raised here on Go Fund me will go towards the production costs of making the film. Upon completion, the film will be given to schools globally for FREE as a resource to help kids Embrace.  

Why run a marathon? There are two reasons. Under normal circumstances I find it hard to ask people for money. However, I find it quite easy when I say “I’m running a 42km marathon to raise funds for a life-changing documentary. Will you sponsor me?" In fact, the more I train and the more brutal it is, the easier I’m finding it to ask for a few dollars from anyone and everyone! 

The second reason is that I always try to lead with love, hope and positivity. Running for revenge was one thing, this time I want to run for love, for the future of children, yours and mine.

Thanks for supporting…. Love Taryn Brumfitt xo
www.tarynbrumfitt.com 

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY?

SYNOPSIS

An important documentary about the relationship children have with their bodies. Why do so many boys and girls hate their bodies and what can we do about it? Taryn Brumfitt, Director of the award winning documentary Embrace explores the world of body image through the eyes of children. 

The film will cover topics including social media, photoshopping, "fitspiration", the influence of media and advertising on body image and role models. 

The film will unpack why body image has become a global problem of epidemic proportions and will offer solutions to help children to foster a positive body image. 


EMBRACE STUDY BY DR ZALI YAGER AND DR IVANKA PRICHARD

A just released joint study of more than 1500 adult women around the world by Flinders and Victoria Universities has proven the social impact of Taryn Brumfitt’s documentary Embrace to change women’s lives for the better.  The study by Flinders and Victoria Universities found that those who had seen the Embrace film actually had much higher body appreciation, and less body shame, self-objectification, and dieting – in comparison to those who hadn’t seen the film.        

Women who had seen the film were also less likely to treat their body as an object, to believe that they should be thin, and to be ashamed of their body. 

It was also found that watching the movie was seen to be more effective in changing people’s perceptions than traditional means of education that lasted 4-6 hours. These methods would usually result in a 1-2% improvement, in contrast, viewing the highly emotive film Embrace was associated with much large improvement of 7.2%. 

The study was coordinated by Dr Zali Yager, Senior Lecturer of Health and Physical Education, Victoria University and Dr Ivanka Prichard, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Flinders University.  

 
EMBRACE KIDS RESEARCH STATEMENT – BY DR ZALI YAGER + DR IVANKA PRICHARD

 
Background
Body dissatisfaction affects up to 70% of children and adolescents. Longitudinal research indicates that adolescents with higher body satisfaction are more likely to engage in healthy eating and exercise, and are less likely to be overweight, smoke tobacco, and consume alcohol and illicit drugs. However, there are no evidence-based resources for 8-12 year-old children that have been effective in boys and girls, and embedded in the school curriculum.

Research Partnership
Our role in the project is to work alongside the creative team to ensure the content that is produced aligns with the evidence from the past 20 years of body image intervention research. We will advise on what to do, and what not to do, in order to improve body image among children aged 8-12 years. Our research plan (outlined below) has been designed to ensure that the film’s objective of promoting healthy body image and increased self-esteem is achieved. The combination of evidence-based practice brought together with the creative and engaging approach of film, is one that we believe will have a significant and lasting impact on the wellbeing of young children and adolescents in Australia and around the world.

Research Activities
We propose the following three phases of research to ensure that Embrace Kids is a safe and effective resource for children 8-12 years of age:

•    Working with the filmmakers to utilising the existing evidence base regarding safe and effective interventions to inform development of the film.

•    Focus groups with young people, parents, and teachers where we show them aspects of the film while in development in order to ensure that the right messages are being conveyed, and that the resource has the support of these end-user groups. 

•    A Randomised Controlled Trial of the film in Australian Primary schools to demonstrate effectiveness. This will involve a controlled trial of the full film with over 500 8-12 year olds in the school setting, using baseline and follow up measures to determine whether those children that see the film have a greater increase in positive body image compared to those who do not see the film.

Researcher Profiles

Dr Zali Yager is an Associate Professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Zali has an international research reputation for her expertise in the promotion of positive body image in school settings, including evaluation of programs and content, and teacher education.

Dr Ivanka Prichard is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She has a PhD in Psychology, and her research focuses on promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviours (i.e., a healthy diet and exercise) in all age groups. In particular, Ivanka has expertise in the influence of media on body image.
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My friend Taryn Brumfitt has put together a group of people from around the world and we are moving our bodies on 26 May to raise funds to make a documentary on body image. The film will be created for 8-12 year olds and given to schools across the globe as a FREE resource to educate and inspire the next generation to EMBRACE their bodies. Post surgery I can’t manage a marathon like Taryn, I will commit to a 5 km walk and 2 km swim. Body Image is my passion supporting young people to EMBRACE is a HUGE GOAL please help me every $ will help. Thank You Jane
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My friend Taryn Brumfitt has put together a group of people from around the world and we are moving our bodies on 26 May to raise funds to make a documentary on body image. The film will be created for 8-12 year olds and given to schools across the globe as a FREE resource to educate and inspire the next generation to EMBRACE their bodies. Post surgery I can’t manage a marathon like Taryn, I will commit to a 5 km walk and 2 km swim. Body Image is my passion supporting young people to EMBRACE is a HUGE GOAL please help me every $ will help. Thank You Jane
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My friend Taryn Brumfitt has put together a group of people from around the world and we are moving our bodies on 26 May to raise funds to make a documentary on body image. The film will be created for 8-12 year olds and given to schools across the globe as a FREE resource to educate and inspire the next generation to EMBRACE their bodies. Post surgery I can’t manage a marathon like Taryn, I will commit to a 5 km walk and 2 km swim. Body Image is my passion supporting young people to EMBRACE is a HUGE GOAL please help me every $ will help. Thank You Jane
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