Valerie Bertinelli Talks Weight Gain

    April 4, 2014
    Shana Norris
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Actress Valerie Bertinelli spoke openly about her recent weight gain on Wednesday’s episode of The Talk.

It’s not the first time Bertinelli has been in the spotlight for her weight. A few years ago, her 40-pound weight loss was widely publicized when she signed on as a spokesperson for weight loss big name Jenny Craig. In 2009 she posed for the cover of People wearing a tiny green bikini just before her 49th birthday.

When Bertinelli sat down with The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, and Carnie Wilson on Wednesday, she talked about recent photos from the set of her TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

Bertinelli admitted she’s gained weight in recent months. She broke her foot in December and had to forgo the gym on doctor’s orders.

She said that at one point she started to feel panicked about the weight gain:

“Why do I feel so much shame? Because the cameras are on me, because the paparazzi can’t wait to get a few pictures of me looking like I’ve gained a few pounds.”

Bertinelli said she finally has her doctor’s permission to return to the gym and she’s “ready to go.”

But she’s speaking out against what she sees as a cultural tendency to focus unnecessary attention on a woman’s weight.

“We have to take the shame out of it,” Bertinelli told The Talk hosts. “We all need to give each other a break. Especially women. Let’s leave each other alone.”

Bertinelli became a household name when she starred as Barbara Cooper on One Day at a Time from 1975 to 1984.

In 1981, she married rocker Eddie Van Halen. The couple divorced in 2007. They are the parents of 23-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen. Bertinelli married Tom Vitale in 2011.

Hot in Cleveland in which Bertinelli stars alongside Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White, premiered on TV Land in 2010. In March 2013 it was renewed for a 24-episode fifth season, which premiered on March 26.

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  • Maxx Pauliana

    Enough already about weight! She’s a beautiful woman. There are skinny people, fat people, ugly people, poor people, rich people…. the varied & colorful tapestry that is humanity is what makes us so interesting. Let’s all just mind our own business and appreciate the beauty & uniqueness of each individual.

  • Melinda

    Everybody loves Valerie no matter how much she weighs,she’s so pretty and cute with her little button nose.

  • customq10

    You go, girl! You have built a successful career at any weight and been a fashion-inspiration to pear shapes like me.

  • simon

    Bull! She made a beautiful paycheck with a certain weight loss system commercial and spokeswoman deal. So deal with it Bertinelli, and quite frankly you don’t need to go to a gym to lose weight, stop stuffing your face while hanging around with your husband Mr Clean.

    • Farrah Teague

      You are so mean, KNOCK IT OFF!!!

    • Shelia Wood

      You got that right! Such a whiner…”broke my foot” yea, right…you’re just lovin’ the food like the rest of us!!

    • Bluerskies

      She gained weight, but she is by no means fat. She is beautiful! Good grief….I would love to see what Simon looks like….

    • Kelly

      YOU ARE A FOOL AND IDIOT. How dare you make comments about weight to a woman!!!! We are individuals and should be treated with respect UNLIKE YOUR COMMENT

  • deepsussex .

    She’s way hotter now with the extra weight . Stay like that – I bet you’re husband doesn’t mind .

  • George Hirst

    Dang! She aged a lot in just a couple years. She was pretty as could be after the weight loss. Now she’s big again. Maybe she should go on “DWTS” like fellow fatty Kristy Alley did?

    • happy721

      Wow, you are a jerk

      • Angel Clooney

        I agree jerk! Feel bad for his wife and daughters!

    • Stephanie Campbell

      She has not aged in a couple of years she looks fine to me

    • RVABREAD22

      People actually seem to look older when they lose too much weight. She looks a bit younger with more weight.

    • Jetwoman

      What is wrong with your eyesight? You are part of the problem. How perfect are you?

    • Kelly

      You are a fool also. She is very pretty and does not look her age. Good grief she is almost 60 and she looks so much young. What are you 20??? YOU r not the brightest bulb in the package.

  • Erica Mathis

    Boy, she’s making more excuses than Obama! EATING too much is what makes you gain weight, Exercise is a distant cuisine to weight loss, Exercising is for the mind and body, but doesn’t make you lose much weight at all. Not eating makes you lose weight. Exercise is a nice complement to not eating, exercise is not-eating’s little side-kick who helps out a little and give’s you some motivation, but mostly lets not-eating call the shots.

    • happy721

      You are part of the problem regarding women’s shame and body issues. Instead of shaming others, maybe you should keep your stupid opinion to yourself?

      • Mike

        If you are getting paid big bucks promoting a weight loss program, you should not accept the money unless you actually lose weight and keep it off like in the commercials. There is no rule that you have to be fit but if you can’t be slender and fit, you should not accept the money and look for excuses to gain weight. I don’t think that is what Jenny Craig had in mind. She said, “If I can do it anyone can”. That doesn’t mean that she isn’t attractive to many. She didn’t live up to what she said. It is like Obama making his many promises and failed miserably. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.”

    • Harmony Mercedes

      @Erica. Clearly you don’t exercise – or know anything about how exercise works. Starving yourself does not help anyone lose weight – all that does is slow down your metabolism. You need to exercise to create muscles – which increases your metabolism and causes you to burn fat even after you leave the gym. Cutting back on food alone won’t do it. If Valerie gets back to the gym – as she said she plans to do – then it should all come off again. I know this first hand as I’ve been in a similar situation after fracturing a foot and putting on weight. Good luck Valerie.

    • RVABREAD22

      FALSE. Not eating makes you GAIN weight. Because after awhile you can’t keep cutting back calories. It will backfire. Dieting is what makes people gain weight! I I stopped dieting for the first time in 10 years and now Im EATING and LOSING weight. Isn’t that funny? Oh, and exercise does make you lose weight. I know this is FACT. I am in a job where Im on my feet 10 hours a day. Im eating up to 2400 calories and actually losing weight. I also do weight lifting, bike riding, but I also take it easy a few days a week. I am losing weight and eating whatever I want. Including fast food.

    • Stuckhere

      Erica, sadly, you are a twit – and guessing 12! You should also get an education to go along with that larger than life opinion of thyself!!!
      ….WOW GIRL – is English your native language? Guessing NO!
      Fat we can fix – Stupid, not so much!

      • nally

        Leave Erica alone-she has a right to express her opinion. Just because you don’t like it-too bad. Erica keep posting and don’t worry about the selfish politically correct idiots.

        • Stuckhere

          wow….interesting retort – “guest”

    • kslibra

      Sorry if this is duplicated – tough to post here.
      Erica – first, do you mean cuisine or cousin? Not sure if you’re trying to be cute versus accurate. Speaking of accurate, your comments regarding exercise aren’t. While I’ll admit that eating less (“not-eating” is a dangerous term) will help you lose weight – my favorite quote re: diet is from Bo Derek when asked how she stays so slim was “If you eat too much, you gain weight” – it is most certainly not the whole story. I was a gymnast and could eat anything I wanted for most of my first 45 years. However, I did have trouble here and there when my activity level would drop. My food intake didn’t vary that much, meaning I continued to eat most of what I wanted. I then sprained my ankle very badly and was off it for 5-6 weeks and then low level activity for about 6 mos and approaching 50 and I’ve been struggling ever since, in large part because I’m making excuses for not increasing my activity enough. So, when you are approaching 50 and your weight is increasing, I hope you remember this and be more sympathetic of yourself than you are now.

    • Kelly

      You are the problem in world. Exercise, is for some but not everyone can exercise as you think. Some have health issues that prevent them. So you are dumb

  • samailadlang

    You’re fine, Valerie. 99% of men like their women with something to caress on during during foreplay.

  • Tina

    I agree, women need to give each other a break. I am not overweight, but I feel bad for women that are because society places such an unnecessary burden on these women. For God’s sake, live and let live. @Valerie…you are a beautiful woman period!

  • Penny’sarcade

    She and Kirstie Alley should just open a gym for aging actresses who can’t keep the weight off.

    • Lynn

      I take it you’re a man and don’t have to deal with menopause.

  • D.L. Clark

    But the point is, she herself made a big deal out of both her being heavier and then her weight loss using JC. She advertised for it, she posed in the bikini, she got paid what I’m sure must have been a large sum of money, all to commercialize her body and her weight loss. Now she’s complaining because society focuses too much on women’s weight. You can’t have it both ways. She’s rather hypocritical. I’ve always liked her and thought she was cute no matter what, but still, she’s as guilty as anyone.

    • kslibra

      Really? You think that just because she was excited to be smaller and used her celebrity to broadcast it that she cannot ever ever gain weight? You are one of those morons that doesn’t understand that both are possible. I’m not a Jessica Simpson fan but in her new commercial she celebrates her body in all its shapes and forms and then says that she is really happy about getting fit. What Valerie, and so many other women, are trying to say is that a healthy body is better but you shouldn’t have to feel ashamed if you don’t fit the profile that society tends to hold everyone to. Being heavy or too thin, or too short, or too flat, or too old, or too anything, doesn’t make you less intelligent or worthy. So, you can have it both ways without being called hypocritical by some ignorant, intolerant person who doesn’t think before they speak.

      • D.L. Clark

        Hey, I’ve been on both sides of the aisle: fat and thin. I don’t hold either one against anyone because I know how difficult it is. But you have to resort to name-calling (moron?), which goes to show exactly how intolerant you are when someone doesn’t share your point of view. Grow up.

  • Yabbaba

    Fat in Cleveland.

    • Cosmo Kramer

      Oh no you didn’t!

  • mel

    Once again I feel dumber for taking time to watch/read this!

    • Cosmo Kramer

      You see, it’s not just Yahoo news which wastes your time!

  • Stuckhere

    Valerie, there are folks who may not understand why you could not afford to hire someone to slap cookies out of your hand! :) just kidding, really!

  • teddydorrance

    oh poor baby. Finally getting a glimpse of how the weight issue works. Sometimes, it’s a struggle. It’s refreshing to see someone who was PAID to eat there food, fall off the wagon for a change.

  • Stuckhere

    Love Valerie and think she looks fantastic!!!! when you have a hoofy broken, you cannot workout!!!! Move on Girl!! You are still a cutie pie!!!!!

  • Doc Sedentary

    She breaks her foot and the Doc told her not to get her heart rate up? Am I missing something here?

    • Eleanor Jacobs

      yeah, fishy comment there. how about upper body stuff…

  • http://Justfedup.net JustFedUp

    So i guess she is saying Jenny Craig doesn’t work because she said she can’t go to the gym.

  • Garry

    I think she looks BETTER with a few more pounds. Yeah, if you’re obese or your doctor says for the sake of your health you should shed some pounds, lose the weight! But she looks FINE and healthy. I’m tired of people being called fat simply because they aren’t stick people anymore!

  • Hope

    She should make sure that her doctor checks for a nonspecific thyroid problem. If your 4ts are off and your 7ts are not, the standard thyroid test won’t catch it. She put that weight on fast. Makes me suspicious. Hope it made her doctor suspicious too.

  • Jetwoman

    This is such BS. Women have to conform to such a narrow body image that is almost impossible to live up to, and then live with shame and self loathing for gaining weight. Another area where men are not subject to the same standards. Why people want women to have no body fat, and have body types like thirteen year old girls, I cannot comprehend. Valerie is beautiful. Period.

  • Babaloofa

    Methinks Jenny Craig needs to stop using celebrity spokespeople. And Valerie…you are beautiful. I am carrying more weight than I should be but I am a good person, a good mom and a good grandmother. Weight and age are just numbers.

  • ronnie

    don’t look to me like she gained any weight, if so, not enough to notice, so Valerie calm down, you look great for 53

  • Here and Now

    The bikini clad photo-cropped picture at 49 sure did a lot to halt cultural tendencies to focus on women’s weight and imperfections. Thank you Valerie. And starring in a show which portrays 4 aged women as sarcastic, self serving and sex starved maniacs does a lot for that campaign too.

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  • Snyder

    fat pig

  • Snyder

    no talent fat beeeetch

  • kell

    well said Valerie

  • Eleanor Jacobs

    she gained weight because she ate more than she was burning. no shame. not a judgement. just lets take personable responsibility for our actions. eat more than you burn = weight gain. and she didn’t get huge, its just a few lbs her choice. her issue to deal with. no one else’s.

  • Adam Smith

    Valerie, Kirstie Allie, and Jessica Simpson all show that none of these weight loss programs work in a lasting manner. I’s up to the individual’s own food choices and lifestyles, which anyone can do for free.

  • Gonzo58

    It sucks that a 52 year old woman has to be put in the position of explaining herself. She is a doll!

  • Kelly

    WHO CARES except the ones that have to starve themselves to be skinny. Why do we have to be so focused on weight. Women have to stop feeling bad about being over weight. If you are 300 plus pounds it is a health risk but again that is a personal choice. But somewhere in our society we have become so focused on a size 00 that we forget that who we are is the most important. Valerie just be yourself.

  • Kim

    Reading the comments kinda reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George is wearing a wig and has a blind date with a girl that is bald, and he’s pissed off about it. Elaine tells him “YOU”RE BALD!” I know a guy that’s 53 that hates older women, says lots of really nasty things about this age group, as if somehow he is SO different from them. So Valerie, and those that are over weight, be secure in knowing that many of those that are “shaming” you for your weight problems, are probably MORE over weight than you are!!!!! :) It’s petty and ridiculous and I’m glad she is pointing out how wrong it is!

  • Mark Middleton

    I like Valerie, and I agree with what she’s saying about taking the shame out of gaining weight, but her whining about her recent weight gain makes her a hypocrite.

    She made her weight loss and weight loss in general a national event a few years ago – pimping Jenny Craig and then showing off her gorgeous slimmed down figure on the front page of People magazine … she was
nothing but smiles, and never missed a photo op. She also wrote a book called “Losing It.” She made a lot of money selling the message to women everywhere that skinny=happy and fat=shame. It didn’t seem to bother her then?

    Her broken foot excuse is right up there with the-dog-ate-my-homework excuse. She did not gain that much weight in such a short period of time because of a broken foot. She gained it because she’s gone back to her old eating habits, and is consuming too many calories. Now she’s shamed again, and would like to blame it on everyone but herself.