Friday, September 30, 2016

Body image documentary showing in Big Flats, Ithaca, Vestal and Binghamton

A documentary about body image activist Taryn Brumfitt’s fight to encourage women to be more accepting of their bodies will be shown on different nights in the coming weeks in Big Flats, Vestal, Binghamton, and Ithaca.

Tickets for “Embrace: Your Body, The Movement, Global Change” are $12.70 each except in Ithaca, where tickets are $13.20 each. The 90-minute movie is not rated.

The movie schedule and links for tickets by location:
Ithaca: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Regal Cinemas’ Ithaca Mall Stadium 14 theater on Catherwood Road (
Big Flats: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Regal Cinemas’ Arnot Mall 10 theater on Chambers Road (
Vestal: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the AMC Vestal Towne Square 9 theater on Vestal Parkway (
Binghamton: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Regal Cinemas’ Binghamton Stadium 12 theater on Front Street  (

Upstate New York Eating Disorder Service of Elmira, home of the Nutrition
Taryn Brumfitt
Clinic and Sol Stone Center, is sponsoring the Big Flats and Vestal showings. There are also Nutrition Clinic offices in Vestal and Ithaca.

"It's one of the best films I've seen on body image,” said Carolyn Hodges Chaffee, MS, RDN, CEDRD, the owner and director of Upstate New York Eating Disorder Service. “You leave the movie feeling very positive about all shapes and sizes. There have been several films on body image, but this is one of the first that actually accomplishes a positive feeling toward all."

Brumfitt founded the Body Image Movement after before-and-after photos of her on Facebook sparked controversy. The before photo showed Brumfitt at a bodybuilding competition in 2012, and a second photo showed her sitting naked later that year after she had gained weight.

She told Cosmopolitan magazine: “I loved how I looked in the second shot — I saw a sexy, confident woman. I thought it would be good to share the photos with my friends – to make the point that you can feel good about the ways in which your body changes.”

The photos have had more than 3.6 million views and about 20,000 people shared it, she told Cosmopolitan. Since then, Brumfitt said she has been trying to help redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty.

“Our job is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by encouraging women to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language regarding their bodies and others, and to prioritize health before beauty,” she wrote on her website ( 

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