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This Before and After Photo Will Make You Rethink the Importance of a Positive Body Image

September 19, 2015 2 min read

All things #thinspo have taken a turn in recent years as songs, campaigns and pop culture work to train our society that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. We shun fat shaming, we promote body-positivity, and we address thick and thin alike as being beautiful. Our message is to be comfortable and confident in your own skin, but of course, to be healthy. We seek to avoid promoting people form trying to be big or small, but rather to be who they were born to be. And we should all give ourselves a gentle pat on the back for working endlessly, whether we're sharing the stories or creating the stories ourselves, to bring about the good in the world. One of the women at the forefront of this movement has been Taryn Brumfitt, who unapologetically posted a before and after image of her body in 2013 for all the Internet to see — the before being her at her most fit during a figure competition, and the after showing her body once it had returned to its natural shape. The Australian mother of three is the founder of the Body Image Movement and author of "Embrace." So what exactly was her motivation behind that photo? Taryn Brumfitt "I had been speaking to some friends earlier that day who were struggling with the relationship they had with their body, so I posted it to demonstrate to them that they could love their body. Usually before and after photos show how an overweight woman transformed by losing weight and becoming miraculously happy. I was trying to demonstrate the point that you can be healthy and happy at any stage, and that health is not just physical but emotional and spiritual too. In the after photo, I was the healthiest I've ever been in my entire life. I could run10 miles without being breathless. I was meditating. I was eating healthy, but eating chocolate and burgers too. Life is about balance. In that after photo I had it all—I wanted to share it to simply help women," Brumfitt explains. The image, which received an array of responses from social media both reassured Brumfitt that what she was doing was right, as well as annoyed her that some people seemed to get the wrong message. "The one thing that annoyed me was the reaction of people who said I was promoting obesity. You simply cannot judge someone's health by how they look—it's just not possible," she said. But regardless, Brumfitt wants people to know her message is clear. "It is possible to learn to love your body and to know that your body is not an ornament but rather a vehicle to your dreams." What do you think of the before and after images she posted? Source: Greatist Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_109529" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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