Local gym to host body image film screening on campus
Body. By Hannah, a personal training studio in downtown Cleveland, Tennessee, will host a free screening of the 2016 Australian documentary film “Embrace” on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. The event will take place in room 114 of Lee University’s Communication Arts Building with a reception to immediately follow.
“Embrace” was directed by Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement, and explores the issue of body image.
The film is told from Brumfitt’s point of view as she travels around the world speaking with “experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types,” according to bodyimagemovement.com.
Hannah Davis, owner of Body. By Hannah, said she wants to “empower all women” in the community to “love themselves like Christ does” by hosting Monday’s event.
“I want to inspire women to start exploring the reasons behind body shaming,” Davis said.
Freshman psychology student Anna Leigh Mayfield advocates for body image empowerment and expressed her optimism for the event.
“As someone who has battled an eating disorder and deals with a negative body image daily, showing a documentary [like “Embrace”] brings me hope,” Mayfield said. “[Body shaming] is definitely a must to talk about. Thankfully, women and men are finally willing to come forward and fight against it.”
When questioned about the prevalence of body shaming or hating happening in her studio, Davis said it occurs “mostly in the form of self-shaming and hating.”
“It can even be the slightest of comments made that most don't realize because it is just so common,” Davis added.
Davis said she urges her clients to focus on stronger bodies and a stronger mind while working to eradicate the often “wrong version” of themselves that they are trying to “fix”.
“As long as we strive to honor our bodies in a healthy way, empowering body image is one of the best messages we can be giving right now, whether that comes in the form of a positive gym atmosphere or an empowering documentary,” Mayfield said.
The event is open to women only. Tickets must be reserved any time before the screening by visiting bodybyhannah.com or calling 252-258-7778.