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Valerie Bertinelli responds to critics about her 40-pound weight gain

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Valerie Bertinelli is responding after critics are pointing out that the former Jenny Craig spokeswoman has put on a few pounds. “The paparazzi can’t wait to get a picture of me looking like I gained a few pounds,” said Bertinelli during Wednesday’s “The Talk.” And, according to an April 3 Extra report, she is not the only woman that has to face criticism about her weight.

"We all need to give each other a break -- especially women. Let's leave each other alone."

What makes Bertinelli’s response to her critics about her weight gain newsworthy is her healthy attitude towards gaining weight and how she deals with it.

In December, Valerie Anne Bertinelli, who became famous as an American actress for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom “One Day at a Time,” as Gloria on the drama series “Touched by an Angel,” and then as Melanie Moretti on the sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” broke her foot.

Doctors told her not to exercise and to watch her heart rate. Of course, not being able to do her regular exercise, the actress started to gain weight, and before she knew it, it took an emotional toll on her until she went through the three major steps of personal growth -- Awareness, Acceptance, and Action. (Triple A Survival Guide for Emotions)

"It started to panic me. And then I thought, well, wait a minute. This is my body. I'm almost 54. I broke my foot. I started thinking, 'Why do I feel so much shame?' We need to take the shame out of it."

Valerie Bertinelli does not only take action by responding publicly to her critics about her weight gain, which is reportedly between 25 to 40 pounds, but she is also back in the gym – not for her critics but for herself. While exercise does make her feel good, so does eating, and as reported by EXTRA, Bertinelli is finding a healthy balance and not limiting her diet too much. “I still like to eat -- and I'm going to eat!"

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