Valerie Bertinelli has been in the celebrity spotlight for most of her adult life. Valerie is an actress who is known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer in the sitcom One Day at a Time which debuted in 1975, Gloria on the drama series Touched By an Angel, and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland. Besides her role on Hot in Cleveland, Bertinelli is also most recently known for her weight-loss journey, which began back in 2009. She credits running on a treadmill and a controlled Jenny Craig diet plan for the 40 pounds she dropped before famously posing in a bikini to show off her new fit and trim figure.
Unfortunately for many celebrities, being in the spotlight also means they are constantly being judged by the masses, and recently Valerie has had to listen to her critics talk about her recent weight gain. On Wednesday, Bertinelli made an appearance on CBS‘s The Talk, and she spoke out on her recent wait gain, including what had caused her to put back on the weight she had worked so hard to shed, and what she is doing to drop the weight once again.
“The paparazzi can’t wait to get a picture of me looking like I gained a few pounds,” Bertinelli said during her appearance on The Talk.
A broken foot and doctor’s orders are what what Valerie said caused her recent weight gain. At 53 years old, the former Jenny Craig spokeswoman said her doctor did not want her doing anything strenuous, and that she needed to keep her heart rate down, leaving her unable to exercise during her recovery from the broken foot. The actress wasn’t oblivious to the weight she was putting on during her recovery.
“I have gained a few pounds since I broke my foot,” she told the host of The Talk, “And it’s really starting to panic me… And then I thought, well, wait a minute, this is my body, I’m almost 54.”
Bertanilli went on to address the stigma of weight gain, and the shame it can cause.
“We have to take the shame out of (weight gain), because it’s not fair,” she said. “The thing is, I still like to eat, and I’m going to eat. I think we all need to give each other a break, especially women. Let’s leave each other alone.”
Valerie says that she is back to exercising again, and that her foot is now fully healed, but she doesn’t want to forget the way she felt about putting so much weight back on.