Actress and television personality Valerie Bertinelli emotionally speaks out about her regret for promoting Jenny Craig and “diet culture.”
Bertinelli took to social media to respond to an online body shamer. The 61-year-old says that she is regretful for “buying into the diet industry.”
During the Instagram video, Valerie Bertinelli began to tear up, eventually overcome with emotion. She gave a minute and a half monologue to her over 875,000 followers two days ago. Bertinelli highlighted a comment from a previous post that said that she needed to lose weight.
“Someone decided to point out that I needed to lose weight because see, I don’t have a scale or have clothes that I’m trying to put on every day, and I don’t have mirrors, so I don’t see what has become of me,” says a sarcastic Bertinelli. “So, I needed that help to let me know that I need to lose weight. You’re not being helpful. Because when you see somebody who has put some weight on, my first thought is that person is obviously going through some things. Because if I could lose the weight and keep it off, I would. But since I haven’t been successful with that my whole entire life at 61, I’m still dealing with that. You think I’m not tired of it, lady? Where’s the compassion? You think a stupid little comment like “you need to lose weight”… Not f**king helpful.”
Valerie Bertinelli Apologized for “Diet Culture”
The next day, Valerie Bertinelli shared another video, thanking all the people who have commented with their support. She notes that she no longer “feels so alone” and how she would like to get back to posting delicious recipes.
However, on Twitter on Saturday, one user said Valerie Bertinelli was partly to blame for negative body issues from when she was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.
“Sorry, Valerie Bertinelli @Wolfiesmom – you spent decades telling the rest of us to get thin, shilled weight loss shakes, potions & snake oil & NOW wanna be a body-shaming warrior? You don’t get to be a victim when you helped create the problem. Grow up if you can’t take the heat.”
The ex-wife of Eddie Van Halen responded to the aggressive comment. Valerie Bertinelli said she was not a victim and would like to take her portion of the responsibility for partaking in the diet industry.
“Somehow, I don’t think you’re really sorry, but let me respond anyway. I’m not a victim. I can take the heat. I made the video so I could get my feelings out instead of squashing them down and eating them, which is what I usually do.”
She created a thread under the initial post, where Valerie Bertinelli continues to share her emotions.
“Yes, I spent 6 years’ shilling’ for Jenny Craig. (your math’s a little off) I have been buying into the diet industry my whole life, and then I became part of the problem, so here I am today receiving the karma of my actions.”
“You can go ahead and judge all you like. However, I can warn you, from experience, that kind of karma doesn’t feel great either.”