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Dancing With the Stars' Cheryl Burke Speaks Out About Body Image

Cheryl Burke: "You Don't Have to Be Anorexic to Be Beautiful!"

Dancing With the Stars is in full swing right now, and I'm always impressed with how strong and toned everyone becomes over the course of the show. After the media pounced on her for potentially gaining a few pounds, Cheryl Burke is speaking out by reminding everyone that being confident is beautiful. The professional dancer recently told People:

I want kids or women out there to realize you don’t have to be anorexic to be beautiful. There’s a lot of pressure living this Hollywood life. People expect to see you at a certain weight and when you gain a few pounds then all of a sudden it’s the talk of the week.

People will always have an opinion about you, whether it’s good or it’s bad. But most important is to have a secure feeling about yourself and know that you’re beautiful regardless of what people think of you. When I was younger, I wasn’t stick thin. I wasn’t tall. I don’t have long legs. I wasn’t naturally skinny. As I grew older, I just became more comfortable in my own skin.

Cheryl is a strong woman and I'm pleased to see her standing up to the pressures to be super thin in Hollywood. Strong is beautiful, and there isn't a thing wrong with having a few womanly curves!

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mtiger mtiger 8 years
She looks great!
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
She is gorgeous. The other day I was watching my friend walk down the hall and she is extremely skinny so I told her that. She isn't anorexic or anything, she just has a fast metabolism, but my teacher was like, "What are you? 3 pounds?" My friend just laughed and said, "No! I'm 4 pounds!" She wasn't offended, but she was complimented.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
I did see a lot of very critical assessments of her body recently. She was on GMA earlier this week, and talked about how she had taken the summer off and gained a few pounds in the process. Of course, she also mentioned that with getting back to training 7 hours a day for DWTS, the weight will quickly start to come off - and then everyone will be congratulating her on her figure and want to analyze her "new diet" or the "drastic weight loss." Ugh.
mayeb63 mayeb63 8 years
Having a sister who suffered and conquered anorexia, Cheryl's statement made perfect sense to me!!!
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
Haha, Spectra! I had the same head to body ratio problem when I got too skinny! Anyway, this stuff is crazy. I'd kill for her body. Totally gorgeous.
EmyAnne EmyAnne 8 years
yay thank you Cheryl!
eveday eveday 8 years
Being thin is not the same as being anorexic. I'm thin and I like my body that way...I hate it when people say "You're too skinny" or "Have you decided to become an anorexic?". Give me a break! I'm thin and absolutely healthy. And her (Cheryl's) statement was indeed insensitive, I have to agree with Peachykeen19. P.S.: Just like what happened to Jennifer Love Hewitt, I expect to see Cheryl on the cover of a gossip magazine with the headline "How I got my body back".
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I wish people wouldn't throw the term "anorexic" around to describe thin people. Anorexia has little to do with external appearance...most anorexics feel very ugly despite being very very thin. Likewise, you can be thin and healthy and not anorexic. I do get the gist of her ideas though...she is basically saying that it's perfectly normal to be a little "thicker" than the Hollywood skinny-minis out there. And she's right...not everyone is super tall and has long skinny legs. Plus, being very skinny doesn't look right on everyone either. I know that I will never be "skinny" because when I get below a certain weight, I just look bones stick out in odd places and my head looks disproportionately large.
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 8 years
Except're not beautiful either way. Inside or out. You're an annoying hag.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
The gal looks great just as she is. I'd be lucky to have her curves and muscles!
BuffBabyD BuffBabyD 8 years
Good for her; she looks great =)
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Thank you runningesq! Exactly, It's like "duh."
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Both Anorexia and Bulimia... There are many similarities in both illnesses, the most common being the cause. There seems to be a common occurrence of sexual and/or physical and emotional abuse in direct relation to eating disorders (though not all people living with Eating Disorders are survivors of abuse). There also seems to be a direct connection in some people to clinical Depression. The eating disorder sometimes causes the depression or the depression can lead to the eating disorder. All in all, eating disorders are very complex emotional issues -- Though they may seem to be nothing more than a dangerously obsessive weight concern on the surface, for most men and women suffering with an eating disorder there are deeper emotional conflicts to be resolved.
Jazz-It-Up Jazz-It-Up 8 years
She is is the stick skinny Keira Knightlys and Jessica Stroups of Hollywood that make normal size women feel fat. GO CHERYL, YOU LOOK FAB! :)
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I just feel that some people are way sensitive about their weight. She gained some weight, that's it. No one has encouraged her to be too thin, it's like people use an EXTREME example to deflect a bit away from them.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
That is the DUMBEST way to phrase that. She could have said, "you don't have to be THIN to be beautiful." I'm offended, most people with eating disorders on some level wanted to be thinner but they don't associate that with Anorexia. Anorexia is not "intentional" or the intended goal. Wanting to be slimmer or fit or healthier or thinner escalates to Anorexia. It's a symptom of something else. Hence, her statement makes NO SENSE!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
She is absolutely right and she looks damn good!!!!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Cheryl's absolutely right! Representing real women :)
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
I'm happy she's representing for all the average women. I hope she doesn't end up losing all the weight, keep it real!
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 8 years
she looks skinny to me..
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
for F's sake she's a professional dancer- obv she's not a 'slob' or fat at all...i want to punch people at random now.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
It's really sad that people go after her for being "fat" when she's still super-fit. She has a great attitude about her body.
danceintheerain danceintheerain 8 years
Cheryl is a stunning woman and has a perfect body. I've dealt with anorexia and I find it disgusting that anyone would say anything bad about her body... It's gorgeous and she kicks ass at dancing!!!
meechie meechie 8 years
Cheryl could GAIN 30lbs and still be beautiful!!!
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