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Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!) offers hope and a gentle path to self-love. The book’s message is rooted in the belief that people inherently possess the wisdom necessary to make healthy choices and live in balance. It emphasizes that self-love, acceptance of genetic diversity in body size, celebration of the unique beauty of every individual, and intuitive self-care are fundamental to achieving good physical and emotional health.

Embody takes readers through the five core Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model. Rather than receiving yet another set of prescriptive rules to follow, readers are guided through patient, mindful inquiry to find what works uniquely in their own lives to bring about—and sustain—positive self-care changes and a peaceful relationship with their bodies. The Body Positive Practices at the end of each Competency chapter provide opportunities for readers to bring the work into their daily lives. Many of these practices are designed for groups, which makes Embody an excellent read for book groups.

This new book is a resource one can read cover to cover, and revisit time and again while moving through the inevitable changes that come with being human. A lifeboat in the sea of messages that demean bodies and pollute the world, Embody is a safe haven for all.

Book Talks

Connie regularly speaks to a variety of audiences, including parent groups, educators, corporations, health professionals, and media. Her audiences enjoy her genuine warmth, humor, engaging manner, and expertise. See sidebar at right for information about Connie's next book reading.

“Connie is trying to do something so simple, yet so profound, which is to give us the tools and courage to let go of the harmful, life squelching, sometimes life threatening, attitudes about our bodies. Connie shows us how to tune out the overwhelming static we all hear and to listen, REALLY LISTEN, to ourselves. Today is International Women’s Day, which seems like a fitting day to host a woman, whom if I had to describe in three words, I would choose these: committed, passionate, and a visionary. And, like all these women whom we honor today: a rebel.” —Anne Whaling, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley, CA

"I have just finished reading Embody. Wow! It was one of the best books that I have ever read on developing a healthy relationship with yourself. I particularly loved the section on self-love. After more than two decades of struggling with an eating disorder, I am in a solid place in my recovery. Embody has cemented this." —Julie M., Embody reader

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Praise for Embody

“This is a gorgeous book filled with the wondering, awe-filled voices of people who have found they can lovingly care for themselves in their diverse bodies and circumstances. Our world desperately needs to see this is possible—and Connie serves it up in a feast of triumph and celebration.”
— Deb Burgard, PHD, FAED, Co-Founder of The Health At Every Size® Model

“Connie makes the quest for self love and acceptance deeply imaginable in a way that lifts the spirit and carries you to a place of hope and endless possibility.”
— Linda Arbus, LCSW, Faculty of the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, New York

“Embody, touches the mind and heart as it demonstrates how to gain connection to our inner wisdom. Impressively insightful, an excellent resource!
— Lela Zaphiropoulos, LCSW, ACSW, Co-Author of  Eating Problems

“Embody, is a powerful addition to the Health at Every Size® community. It brings to life what we know from scientific evidence: people of all sizes can live active and healthy lives—and love themselves, too!”
— Linda Bacon, PHD, Author of  Health At Every Size

“In Embody, Connie Sobczak brings her years of experience as co-founder and director of The Body Positive alive on every page. Her work offers practical, process-oriented, and gentle support in our journey to reclaim the wisdom and truth of our own bodies.”
— Ruth Gendler, Author of  Notes On the Need for Beauty

About the Author

Connie Sobczak is a mentor, writer, educator, and award-winning video producer. Her experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to create a world where all people are free to love their bodies.

In 1996, Connie brought her vision to life when she created The Body Positive with Elizabeth Scott, LCSW. She is a leader of the movement to prevent eating problems and improve the self-image of youth and adults through her writing, workshops, videos, leadership programs, and speaking engagements. Her video Discover Your Healthy Weight was a grand festival award winner in the 2009 Berkeley Video & Film Festival, and her BodyTalk video series has been viewed by millions of people worldwide.

A California native, Connie currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner, Jim. Their daughter, Carmen, is her inspiration and her joy.