Valerie Bertinelli opens up about her past “buying in the food industry” after posting a moving video in which she reacted to an online bodyshar.
The actress and TV personality shared a video on her Instagram over the weekend in which she got emotional and started crying. She gave a speech to her followers highlighting a commentator from a previous article who noted that Bertinelli needed to lose weight.
As the video ended on an empowerment note in which the star called on people to empathize when they see that a public or private figure in their lives has gained weight, some have noticed that the Jenny Craig’s former pitchwoman is now talking about bodily humiliation issues.
Responding to a particularly aggressive commentator on Twitter, Bertinelli admitted that she had “helped create the problem” in the past when it came to giving people negative body image issues.
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“Sorry Valerie Bertinelli @Wolfiesmom – you have spent decades telling the rest of us to lose weight, weight loss shakes, potions and snake oil and you NOW want to be a warrior to shame the body? You can’t be a victim when you helped create the problem. Grow up if you can’t stand the heat, “the user wrote.
The Saturday, Bertinelli responded: “Somehow I don’t think you’re really sorry, but let me answer anyway. I’m not a victim. I can handle the heat. I made the video for that I can express my feelings instead of crushing them and eating them, which I usually do. “
In a follow-up tweet, the actress opened up about her time as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, expressing regret for joining a diet culture system and bragging about it for other women facing the same issues. it as a solution.
“Yes, I spent 6 years in ‘shilling’ for Jenny Craig. (Your calculations are a little wrong) ” she wrote. “I bought my whole life in the food industry, then I became part of the problem, so today I am getting the karma for my actions.”
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Bertinelli concluded: “You can go ahead and judge whatever you want. However, I can warn you, from experience, that this kind of karma doesn’t feel right either.”
In her first video post, Bertinelli responded to a negative comment that said she had gained weight in the past year.
“Because you see I don’t have a scale or I have clothes that I try to put on every day and I don’t have mirrors so I don’t see what I have become. so need this help to let me know I need to lose weight, ”the star said sarcastically. “You are not useful.”
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The actress has had a difficult year. In addition to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic like the rest of the world, her ex-husband and father of her son, Eddie Van Halen, died in October.
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Through the tears, she added, “Because when you see someone who’s gained weight… my first thought is,“ this person is obviously going through some stuff. ”Because if I could lose weight and keep it off, I would. But like I haven’t succeeded with that, all my life at 61, I’m still dealing with… you think I’m not fed up ma’am? Where’s the compassion? “