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Valerie Bertinelli Opens Up About Struggle With Weight on 'The Talk'

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Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 01:58 PM

By Clyde Hughes

"Hot in Cleveland" star Valerie Bertinelli said on "The Talk" Wednesday that she is proud she learned to stop feeling ashamed about the weight she gained after breaking her foot.

"I broke my foot three months ago and the weight starts to creep up," Bertinelli said on the talk show, per People.com. "I haven't been able to move. My doctor even told me, 'Do not get your heart rate up.'

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"I thought, well, wait a minute. This is my body," Bertinelli added. "I'm almost 54. I broke my foot. I started thinking, 'Why do I feel so much shame?' We need to take the shame out of it. We all need to give each other a break — especially women. Let's leave each other alone."

Bertinelli is known for her partnership with Jenny Craig, which has helped her lose more than 40 pounds a few years ago. She famously posed in a bikini to prove her weight loss in 2012.

Bertinelli stars opposite Betty White as Melanie Moretti in the TVLand series "Hot in Cleveland." Bertinelli first reached fame at 14 years old as the young Barbara Cooper in the hit 1970s television series "One Day At a Time," for which she won two Golden Globe awards. 

This isn't the first time Bertinelli has discussed her struggle with her weight.

"I was never really addicted to drugs. That's why it was so easy for me to stop," Bertinelli told Dr. Mehemet Oz on his talk show in 2012, according to People.com. "But food is a whole other thing. And I used food as a crutch, and I abused food in a way that I shouldn't have. And it made me afraid of food for a while, too, but now I embrace it." 

Bertinelli said at the time that her low self-esteem fueled her addiction.

"I'm so glad I'm not that person anymore," Bertinelli said on the "Dr. Oz Show."

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