Valerie Bertinelli is Fat, Wants to Be a Size 8

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Some celebs, such as Allegra Versace, are consumed with anorexia.

Others, such as Valerie Bertinelli, best known for her 1975-84 sitcom One Day at a Time, have got some different, but still exciting career news to share with us:

She's fat.

As a result, she's got a new role - joining fellow fattie Kirstie Alley as the new celebrity face - and body - for Jenny Craig.

The 5'2" Bertinelli, who turns 47 this month, vows to lose 30 pounds by September (from a size 14 to a size 8).

Going public with her goal "is the motivation I need," Bertinelli says. "I need to do this in front of millions of people so I can't mess up."

And Valerie Bertinelli is not shy about it, adding: "It is freeing because I can say it first: I know what you're thinking, I'm fat."

She's a good role model for Jennifer Hudson.

Poor thing.

Bertinelli says that Alley, who has maintained her 75-pound downsizing, also offered some advice:

"She said, 'Even if Wolfie [the 16-year-old son of Bertinelli and her ex, rehabbing Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen] wants to go to In-N-Out Burger, don't do it, because paparazzi will photograph you!'"

Freaking pararazzi. Just ask Justin Timberlake about those bastards...
The Jenny Craig campaign, for which Bertinelli will shoot a new ad every month as she shrinks, represents a major step back into the public eye for the mom whose last big TV role was on Touched by an Angel in 2003.

"Wolf is my priority," she says of her son. "I was a Hollywood hermit."

If only Britney Spears felt that strongly about Jayden James.

Although Bertinelli remains guarded about her current weight, her boyfriend Tom Vitale has been supportive of her. Which is nice, because she's focused on her goals.

"I don't know how my size, 14, has become obese while size 0 is normal," she says. "It's insane. I'm not even going for a size 6. I'll be happy with an 8."

We'll be happy (and shocked) if Nicole Richie makes it to age 30.


I wish people would stop using clothes size to determine fatness. I do agree that if a size 14 is a 32-35 inch waist, this is a danger a woman's health, but some women that wear a size 14 may not have a waist as big as this and only wear that size due to having a big bust and hips. I don't know if that is the case here, but just wanted to point out that it's not the clothes size that determines someone's 'fatness'. It's how much body fat a person has and very importantly, where they are carrying that fat. Abdominal fat is deadly, but no-one ever died of fat thighs.


Size 14 is NOT normal for someone 5'2" so unless you have a death wish for her (or yourself) these comments are destructive. A size 8 for 5'2" IS STILL CURVY.


Valerie Bertinelli looks like a doll! She should stay around a size 10 or 12. Some girls look great with a few pounds and she is one of them. Curvy women RULE!


I had wore a size 8 /7 in the past...and I do look fat..even a friend indirectly suggested that I should lose some weight .... I don't think my friend really wanted to hurt my feelings when she said that.... I am a little bit over 5 '5" and I have a larger frame compare to most females like.... Paris Hilton ....


I agree with Mjoann - just because a size 14 is considered "normal" by US standards today, that doesn't make it healthy. Our society has as a whole grown increasingly heavier each decade. You can blame it on the easy access to fast food (heck, you don't even have to get out of the car at most casual style restaurants anymore to get food) and all the processed stuff we buy at the grocery store. Everyone can moan about how hard it is to lose weight and be satisfied as whole large nation that we are all fat together. There is not denying that at 5'2" a size 14 is probably too heavy - and Ms. Bertinelli has stated that she'd be happy at size 8 - and that would not put her on anyone's skinny list. That would put her at a very heart healthy weight. Who would argue that losing weight to live longer (despite everyone making the excuse that she'd be out of the "norm")? Give me a break (oops, wrong sitcom).


Are you sure she really IS a size 14? She looks at least 18 to me -- take another look at her hips!


It's sad that she is giving the message to size 14 women that they are FAT and UNATTRACTIVE. Size 14 is the average size - depending on height. But, I guess if it makes her feel better about herself, then it's fine; however, she shouldn't publicize her weight. She must be in need of money.


I think that valerie is still beautiful,so what she gained a bit of weight...she looks better that way anyways....even with the round cheeks,and double chin,,,ps and the chubby figure...she looks great to me at 47.....


Also, according to most women's size charts, a size 14 has a waist measurment of 32-35 inches. Having a waist measurment that fat also puts a woman at very high risk for heart disease and diabetes. If that's what being a size 14 does for your health, I think it's safe to say that it is fat and it is undesirable.


Ahhh...if 14 is NOT fat, then I must be living on the wrong planet. Sorry, fat chicks do NOT get as much love, so quit making excuses. Most guys would take ugly and thin over fat and beautiful any day, just a fact of nature. I liked Valerie before, and wish her luck, but for now she's fat, and not attractive to me. You may yell at me, but I speak probably for at least 80% of the guys out there, so tough.