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Embrace Kids : From the 2023 Australian of the Year - Zali Yager

Embrace Kids

From the 2023 Australian of the Year

By: Zali Yager

Paperback | 2 August 2022 | Edition Number 1

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The essential body image handbook for parents of children and teens by powerhouse change-maker and body positivity activist Taryn Brumfitt and Dr Zali Yager. Imagine a world where young people don’t feel held back by their bodies. Where we appreciate each other for who we are and what we do rather than what we look like.

Body image, and the associated issues of weight, food and physical activity, are hot topics in our families. How did we get to this place of constant criticism about our own bodies, and how can we get out of it? To coincide with the release of her ground-breaking new documentary Embrace Kids, leading body image activist and powerhouse change-maker Taryn Brumfitt has collaborated with body image expert Dr Zali Yager on one of the most important health issues of our time – helping our children and teens feel comfortable about, and confident in, their bodies. With chapters for parents on understanding your own journey, appreciating your own body and creating a positive home environment, as well as tackling diet and fashion trends, friendship issues and social media challenges, Embrace Kids is full of evidence-informed suggestions and supportive, practical advice. This book will teach you everything you need to know to build your kids' body image, to wholeheartedly embrace their uniqueness, and to steer them on a path to body confidence that has the power to liberate them for life.

About the Authors

Taryn Brumfitt is an internationally recognised keynote speaker and the fiercely passionate thought leader behind the Body Image Movement.

A bestselling author and director of the inspiring social-change documentaries Embrace and Embrace Kids, Taryn’s global crusade to end the body dissatisfaction epidemic has seen her recognised by UN Women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Geena Davis Institute. Her talk at Google HQ in Silicon Valley was live-streamed to every Google office in the world. She was a finalist in the 2019 Australian of the Year and 2018 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards, and was crowned the 2018 SA winner for Excellence in Women's Leadership and winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, South Australia.

A two-time marathon runner, lover of life and people, and mum to three children, Taryn remains humble, proud and eager to make the biggest impact on body image and self love the world has ever seen.

Dr Zali Yager is the Executive Director of the Body Confident Collective and Honorary Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University. Zali has a health and physical education background, and is an internationally recognised expert in the body image space, known for figuring out ‘what works’ to build body image in school and community settings and for her work in the Body Confident Mums project. A 2021 Westpac Social Change Fellow who has presented her work around the world, Zali is ridiculously passionate and driven by the desire to make this research matter and create a safer body image environment for the next generation. Zali is also a mum of three, and when she’s not at her computer, you will usually find her at the beach.

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