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Slim at 67 on low carb diet, Dolly Parton encourages positive body image

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Calling herself "like the girl next door," Dolly Parton hopes that her songs can improve body image for people of all sizes. "Most people have been made fun of for either being handicapped, overweight or too skinny, being this and that,” she said, according to Web Pro News on Dec. 6.

For that reason, Dolly seeks to increase their self-esteem through her music.

“I really think people just relate to my songs and I’m just grateful that I have been around this long," added the 67-year-old singer.

However, although she believes in supporting others, Dolly takes time to keep her own figure trim. After gaining weight from depression in her late 30s, Dolly has stayed on a low carb diet, according to the Daily Mail.

Dolly links her depression to a hormonal imbalance, according to Contact Music.

"There was a time when I was going through the whole female thing with my hormones and I gained weight and that was a very down time for me. It lasted for about 18 months," said Dolly in reflection.

"I am a spiritual person so I prayed, but I also have good family and friends so I leaned on them a lot. I never went to a psychiatrist," added the singer.

Dolly also credits herself for getting out of her dark period.

"One day I found the answer and told myself, 'Just get off your fat a** and get back in line," Dolly declared.

She links her need to diet to her petite frame.

"I do have to watch my weight because I'm only 5 feet tall and you can't hold on to too much weight when you're so short," she told Contact Music.

"So I stay on a low-carb diet pretty much through the week and eat what I want on weekends. And of course nothing matters on Thanksgiving and Christmas!"

Dolly also recently showed off her energy and humor by rapping and dancing on Queen Latifah's talk show, demonstrating why Miley Cyrus has described the legendary singer as her role model. Read all about Dolly's rap song by clicking here.

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