Embrace Kids: Film for social change on body image to show in Coffs Harbour

Dr Zali Yager, a body image and wellbeing expert, researcher, and co-author of Embrace Kids.

SOCIAL change film ‘Embrace Kids’ comes to Coffs Harbour for a special showing thanks to an initiative by Southern Cross Uni psychology student and Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, Amanda Bos.

Amanda’s experience in the fitness industry and her own personal journey with body image has honed her passion to create social change and a paradigm shift in the dominant discourse within our society.

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Amanda told NOTA she was inspired to bring Embrace Kids to Coffs Harbour.

“This film encourages our young people to think critically and challenge what the media and our society wants us to think in terms of believing that we need to change ourselves or buy certain products or be like other people in order to be happy.

“The main messages from Embrace Kids are to be yourself and believe in yourself and your potential because you’re beautiful, unique, and enough, exactly as you are.

“Through this movie, children will be reminded that the happiest people are the people who follow their dreams and their hearts, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.

“They’re not the people who are striving to meet impossible standards or trying to fit in.”

This is a message Amanda believes more young people need to hear.

She feels it is a message that has the potential to challenge the current discourse and pave the way for a paradigm shift where our society is more open and accepting of body diversity.

Embrace Kids is aimed at an audience of nine to fourteen year olds, but equally engaging for adolescents, teachers, and parents.

This film inspires, educates, and advocates for a world where we are not held back by the thoughts we have about the way we look.

Instead, young people are encouraged to figure out what makes them unique and special and use that to spark change.

The film explores and tackles some of the biggest issues facing young people today, including the relationship children have with their bodies and covers topics such as social media, disability/ability, gender identity, cultural background, representation and diversity.

The film showing is on Sunday 6 November, 4:30pm at BCC Cinemas Coffs Harbour and includes a Q&A session with two guest speakers; Dr Zali Yager, a body image and wellbeing expert, researcher and co-author of Embrace Kids, and Coffs Harbour child psychologist Amy Sketcher from Seasons Allied Health.

For more information visit the ‘Amanda Bos Food Freedom Coach’ Facebook page.


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