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Dancing with the Stars pro defends her new body

In another unfortunate story of body-shaming, Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke has recently gained a fair amount of criticism for the physical changes that viewers have watched on screen. Burke is no stranger to controversy of this nature as she explains that the comments first began about five years ago. The dancing professional recalls a point in her career when big name entertainers like Howard Stern were publicly commenting on her weight and calling her fat.

Despite the negative comments, Cheryl Burke is now showing off a more slender figure as a result of healthy lifestyle changes. To her amazement, the debut of her new figure sparked comments from fans that she wasn’t expecting. “But it’s another thing when your fans say to you, ‘Oh my god, you look like you’re dying.” The dancer told People magazine. According to Lolita Staples, a six-year veteran in ballroom dancing, a dancer’s figure can easily change over time as they continue to push their bodies and engage in longer sessions.

“I used to go out every single night in my 20s. It was one big party. And now, that’s not the way I want to live my life,” Burke told reports at the ESPY Awards. She continued discussing her new figure by agreeing that she had lost a significant amount of weight but explaining that her curves are never going away. Although she admits that she’s been working out regularly, she also stated that she has not been dancing during the off-season. Ballroom dancer Lolita Staples agrees that dancers often seek out other forms of exercise in order to switch up their physical regimen while building strength. The 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars premièred in March where Burke finished in second place with partner William Levy.

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