Cheryl Burke Defends Weight Loss: “I’m Not Starving Myself”

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By Daniel Gates

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Cheryl Burke of “Dancing with the Stars” recently showed off a 15-pound weight loss by posing in a bikini for People, only to have commenters question whether her body makeover was unnecessary and the result of Hollywood pressure.

On Friday, the dancer addressed the matter in a Facebook letter to fans.

She wrote, “I’ve been reading your comments about the People magazine article. First of all, I want to thank all the people who have said such kind things, I truly appreciate it.”

“I’ve had a very public struggle with the press and their comments about my weight for a number of years now, but I want to make it clear that this isn’t about them,” continued Burke. “Yes, I have been hurt by their criticism, but I’m only human.”

The dancer went on to say:

This wasn’t some drastic change I made overnight. I’m not caving in to the pressures of Hollywood, as some of you have expressed your concern that I might be, and I’m certainly not starving myself.

I’m thriving. I’m putting healthy foods into my body and experiencing the benefits. I have tried so many fad diets, I’ve wasted so much time looking for a solution when it was right in front of me all along – take care of yourself, nourish your body, surround yourself with good people – you will feel good and will shine in all that you do.

It’s not about chasing a number on the scale, and it’s not about Hollywood. We will all face criticism throughout our lives, no matter where we live and what we weigh. So if you’re struggling with that, you’re not alone. Not at all.

My weight fluctuates, just like any other person’s does, and there will always be critics. You’ve got to tune out the other people and tune in to what’s going on inside. Love yourself. Nourish your body. Be kind to one another.

What do you think about Burke’s body image message?

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