Valerie Bertinelli recently spoke on the subject of body-shaming and personal acceptance via social media last week.
This past weekend, Bertinelli continued the conversation when one follower accused her of helping to “create the problem” by promoting diet culture.
In reference to Bertinelli’s work as a spokesperson for the weight-loss and weight-maintenance brand, Jenny Craig, the commenter alleged how the 61-year-old “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.”
In her response to that tweet, the actor, author and Food Network star owned what was true about the statement and brushed off what was not correct.
“I’m not a victim,” she wrote. “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.”
In the emotional and honest clip, she explained the way she felt after being told she needed to lose weight — while also tearing up quite a bit throughout.
In her latest post, she continued with: “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.”
However, Bertinelli did not mince words to the brash follower.
“You can go ahead and judge all you like,” she wrote, adding, “However, I can warn you, from experience, that kind of karma doesn’t feel great either.”
Since posting the video, she has been met with an overwhelming amount of support. A day after sharing that clip to Instagram, Bertinelli returned with another clip, in which she went on about the positivity she’s received.
“There’s so much kindness out there,” she said, “I certainly do not feel so alone anymore.”
Bertinelli is the author of several books about her experiences with diet culture and her relationship with food over the years. Her next book, “Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,” comes out next January.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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