Carrie Bickmore on body image: 'What can I do as a mum?'

Carrie Bickmore feels helpless when it comes to protecting her daughter from body image issues in today's world.

Media personality, Carrie Bickmore, has echoed the concerns of mothers worldwide, who find themselves struggling to raise daughters in the midst of an image-obsessed culture.

While discussing the groundbreaking Australian documentary, Embrace, on The Project, Carrie admitted she was at a loss as to how she could help her two-year-old daughter avoid an unhealthy relationship with her body.

"When I think about growing up, I didn’t grow up in a family that focused on body image, weight, or anything," Carrie explained on The Project, comparing the world of her childhood, to that of her daughter's.

"Yet I still have days, hours, moments, where I look in the mirror and know how I think and feel about myself, let alone my daughter, who’s growing up in this world. What is that world going to... how are they going to feel about themselves?"



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Carrie, a mother of two, expressed grave fears of today's 'always-on' social media culture and the profound effects of this image-driven way of life.

"What can I do as a mum to make sure she grows up with a good body image? I don’t know. I feel like it’s a lost cause... It feels like it’s a real problem that’s spinning out of control, getting worse and worse."

In the Embrace documentary, South Australian mother and viral sensation Taryn Brumfitt explores the global epidemic of poor body image and how it's affecting women. 

Speaking to Lifestyle, Taryn explained that the documentary is about inspiring women to embrace the diversity of their bodies.

"Why aren't we celebrating all shapes and sizes and abilities of bodies? We don't see that on billboards, we rarely see that in magazines, and that's what Embrace is about." Taryn said on the Lifestyle podcast.

"[Embrace] is about inspiring and empowering women to learn to love their bodies no matter what their bodies look like, because it's not the sole purpose of our time on this planet - this very short time - to spend [it] at war with our body."

Taryn's advice to all mothers, including Carrie, is to change the conversation.

"If your daughter ever comes to you and says: 'Mum, do I look pretty in this dress?' Turn around and say: 'Hey, I want to know what you’re going to do in that dress!'" she encouraged.

While Taryn's Body Image Movement is far from over, her documentary continues to be a must-watch for mothers and daughters. As Carrie's co-host, Waleed Aly, explained: "Interventions like [Embrace] are really important — but I feel like you need one of those films every week.”

Listen to what else Taryn has to say in Lifestyle's latest podcast, available for download on iTunes, Soundcloud and Omny.

You can also watch the 'Embrace' documentary on Lifestyle YOU - 5:30pm Monday, May 22 or 5:30pm Saturday, May 27 - or on Foxtel Anytime.

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