Synopses & Reviews
Embody: A Guide to Celebrating Your Unique Body (and quieting that critical voice!)
brings to life the work of The Body Positive, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, LCSW.
This books message is rooted in the philosophy that people inherently possess the wisdom necessary to make healthy choices and to 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. It encourages readers to shift their focus away from ineffective, harmful weight-loss efforts towards improving and sustaining positive self-care behaviors. Initial research indicates that this work significantly improves peoples ability to regulate eating, decreases depression and anxiety, and increases self-esteemall critical resources that promote resiliency against eating and body image problems.
Embody guides readers step-by-step through the five core competencies of the Body Positives model: Reclaim Health, Practice Intuitive Self-Care, Cultivate Self-Love, Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty, and Build Community. These competencies are fundamental skills anyone can practice on a daily basis to honor their innate wisdom and take good care of their whole selves because they are motivated by self-love and appreciation. Rather than dictating a prescriptive set of rules to follow, readers are guided through patient, mindful inquiry to find what works uniquely in their own lives to bring aboutand sustainpositive self-care changes and a peaceful relationship with their bodies.
Through workshops, lectures, and leadership trainings, Sobczak and Scott have helped thousands of people of all sizes, ages, sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic levels to lead healthier and more meaningful lives by learning how to cherish their unique bodiesno small task given todays barrage of thin images and emphasis on dieting.
Embody offers practical tools as well as personal stories to bring Sobczak and Scotts work into ones own life. It is a resource that can be read cover to cover as well as revisited time again while moving through the inevitable changes that come with personal growth. A lifeboat in the sea of messages that demean the bodies of both men and women, Embody is a safe haven for all.
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
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 possibleand 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 Womens 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 livesand love themselves, too!”
Linda Bacon, PHD, Author of Health At Every Size
Embody, belongs in every school, home, and place where the lives of our boys and girls matter!”
Carol Bloom, LCSW, Co-Founder of the Womens Therapy Centre Institute, New York
With Embody,, people of all ages can learn that self-love is the best motivation there is to care for their uniquely beautiful bodies. I am excited to share this wonderful resource with my clients.”
Carmen Cool, MA, LPC, Psychotherapist, Boulder, Co
Embody, sparks a flame of self-love in your heart that glows brighter when you share it with others. It makes you want to stand up and say, I am beauty!”
Jessica Diaz, MSW, Founder of Love Guerrillas
A beautiful, wise, practical book that will empower a next generation to shed our culture of toxic ideas of perfectionism and bodily dissatisfaction. This book, and the body positive movement, are part of a compassionate revolution leading young people to greater dignity and empowerment.”
Dacher Keltner, PHD, Founding Director, Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
This books 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 guides readers step by step through five core competencies:
– Reclaim Health
– Practice Intuitive Self-Care
– Cultivate Self-Love
– Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty
– Build Community
Anyone can practice these fundamental skills on a daily basis to honor their innate wisdom and take good care of their whole selves, and research indicates that this work significantly improves peoples ability to regulate eating, decreases depression and anxiety, and increases self-esteem.
Rather than receiving a prescriptive set of 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.
About the Author
is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, poet, and leader. Her lifes work is creating a world where people live in love with their bodies. In 1996, Connie and Elizabeth Scott, LCSW co-founded The Body Positive, a non-profit organization that has helped thousands of children, teens, and adults turn away from body dissatisfaction and self-criticism to engage in living fully with joy and purpose.
Connie brings a personal history with body hatred and eating problems to her work. Both she and her sister, Stephanie, suffered from bulimia as teens and young adults. Though Connies eating disorder derailed her college and career plans in electrical engineering, she ultimately conquered her body hatred and earned a bachelors degree in psychology. Her sister was not so luckyStephanie died at age 36, leaving her two young children without a mother. Sobczak founded The Body Positive in honor of her sister, and to ensure that her daughter, Carmen, and other children, would grow up in a world where they could focus on changing the world, not their bodies.
Connie continues her fight to rid the world of body hatred through her films, writing, Be Body Positive workshops, and peer-led Body Positive programs for students from middle school through college.
Connies video for adult audiences, Discover Your Healthy Weight, was a grand festival award winner in the 2009 Berkeley Video and Film Festival. She was a 2008 semi-finalist for a Volvo for Life award honoring "real-life heroes." A California native, Connie currently resides in Berkeley with her husband; they have one daughter.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Elizabeth Scott
Introduction: Welcome to The Body Positive
Chapter One: The Be Body Positive Model
Chapter Two: Competency 1: Reclaim Health
Chapter Three: Competency 2: Practice Intuitive Self-Care
Chapter Four: Competency 3: Cultivate Self-Love
Chapter Five: Competency 4: Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty
Chapter Six: Competency 5: Build Community
Chapter Seven: Now What?
About the Author