Overcoming a Negative Body Image

Kim-and-Halle-BerryI used to wish I had Halle Berry’s body. There, I said it. Christians are not immune to having a negative body image.

I was on a message board years ago and one of the women mentioned that she had watched the Ms. Universe competition the previous night. She was feeling depressed because she had compared herself to the beautiful women in the competition.

She found herself lacking. I understood completely.

As I said, my comparison standard was Halle Berry. Many of us compare ourselves to a Hollywood actor, model, or beauty queen and then beat ourselves up because we don’t look like that.

But one day, the truth about Halle Berry hit me. Although God has blessed her with some good genes, she has taken what she has and has done the best she can with it. She takes care of herself.

I can take care of myself too.

Now, I will never have Halle Berry’s body. But, today I can declare:

  • I receive God’s goodness into my life (Psalm 27:13).
  • I am created in the image of God and I praise Him (Genesis 1:27).
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
  • My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because God’s spirit lives in me, I have infinite wisdom available to me (1 Corinthians 6:19).
  • God’s Spirit leads me to love and care for myself (James 1:5, 3 John 1:2).
  • If I am to live fully according to God’s purpose, my mind, body, and spirit must be healthy. I declare they are so (1 Corinthians 9:27).
  • God can do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I can ask or think according to the power that works in me. I invite Him to demonstrate His strength and power in my life today (Ephesians 3:20-21).

When I focused on what I have and what I can do instead of wasting energy comparing myself to others, I lost weight and became fit.

So, I am fine with not having Halle Berry’s body. I think God can do amazing things through the one I have. How about you?

My challenge for you today is to look at yourself fully and write down all the things about yourself for which you are grateful to God. Don’t just look at your physical appearance; celebrate what your body does for you every day – and thank God for it.

Whenever you find negative thoughts about your body try to intrude, then get in a posture of gratitude for what you have. It is the most powerful position you can assume!

Kimberly Taylor


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About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

  • Hi Kimberly
    I thank God for your email is an answer to my prayer. This afternoon I asked God to give me e true understanding of His love for me ,and then just now I had my bath and told God if You would ask me what You could change in my body I would say my weight.
    And when I opend my email there it was. God is so good and He cares for us.
    So thank you for the scriptures and the emails ,keep them coming .
    God bless you and your ministry.

  • Hi Kimberly,
    Thank you for posting this article. I too have struggled with body image and still do at times, but with GOD’S help, I will get through this and get to the weight that I am suppossed to be. Also, I wanted Halle Berry’s body as well too, but I will learn to appreciate all that GOD has blessed me with. GOD bless and much love.


  • Hi Kimberly, this is so encouraging, thank you for sharing! I love your emails it is like food for my soul. Bless you!

  • I remember a similar awakenting Kim. I was jogging one morning and it dawned on me how I had allowed people around me; even from childhood to draw my focus to the fact that i was overweight. I stayed right there for most of my life being upset about being overweight to the exclusion or recognizing the otherwise perfect body that with which God had blessed me. That very morning, I thanked God for this revelation and begin to name ever piece of my body that i could think of–from hair to toenails and thank Him for every single piece! hallelujah!!

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