Being a woman in the public eye is never easy, especially when comments about your weight are fair game! Everyone is too skinny, too fat, not skinny enough, not curvy enough – need I go on?
Dancing With the Stars champion, Cheryl Burke, knows this only too well! She recently opened up to People Magazine about her recent 15 pound weight loss, which then garnered a LOT of criticism.
She responded to people’s concerns today via a very eloquently written Facebook post!
Here’s what she said:
“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. Yes, I have been hurt by their criticism, but I’m only human. 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.”
Well said, Cheryl, well said!