Valerie Bertinelli Up-Front About Weight Issues

April 4th, 2007 // 33 Comments


I *heart* this broad. The greatest Lifetime movie actress ever created, Ms. Valerie Bertinelli, has been chosen as the new face (and uh, body) of Jenny Craig. Valerie Bertinelli is beyond hot. She was hot in the 70′s, she was hot in the 80′s when she married guitar wizard and current mess of all messes Eddie Van Halen and starred in fantastic Lifetime and TV Movie of the Week fare like “In A Child’s Name” and “Murder of Innocence,” and now she’s a hot single mom looking to lose some poundage. I am with her every step of the way. I’m not going to fast or anything but I support her fully. What am I – that Sanjaya hunger strike bitch?

Valerie Bertinelli, best known for her 1975-84 sitcom One Day at a Time, has landed a brand new role: Joining Kirstie Alley as the new celebrity face – and body – for Jenny Craig, PEOPLE reports in its new cover story.

The 5’2″ Bertinelli, who turns 47 this month, vows to lose 30 lbs. 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, she adds: “It is freeing because I can say it first: I know what you’re thinking – I’m fat.”

“One Day At A Time” was on for that long? That Bonnie Franklin was a hot, tap-dancing trooper. Anyhoo, Valerie is amazing and I hope she loses everything she wants to but retains her Lifetime joie de vivre. Seriously, I could sit up on the couch and watch those things all day. I love stories about Midwestern moms who are cheating on their husbands with the town serial killer. It mirrors my life exactly.

More photos of Valerie Bertinelli and her son are after the jump.


By J. Harvey

  1. Kat

    Looks like he might need to join Jenny Craig as well!

  2. chlyn

    She’s fat??? WTF???? She looks completely normal to me, and not at all fat. That’s sad.

  3. rootabega

    wolfie, put down the frappucino!

  4. NJ


    She’s fat??? Where?

  5. Perez's Fired Stylist

    I won’t state the obvious here except to say her son looks exactly like her. I think Valerie put off having more kids because she was married to an alcoholic. Her life has been a Lifetime movie in and of itself. Good luck to them both. I don’t think it’s been easy.

  6. Jai

    She doesn’t look fat to me.

    She musta been shopping at Barney’s new CO-OP store at The Grove. They did not have ONE thing bigger than a size 8 in the entire store. At least carry a 10 people come on!

  7. Ed

    Hey Val,
    Hi honey will You take me back?I’m getting out of rehab soon,I’m much better now.I’ll call You when I’m out.

  8. Val's Hott!!!

    Valeirie is still smoking and wolfie looks fine,He’s a big kid,He looks like a linebacker.Just because He isn’t a salad and soy eating anorexic, flitting around the streets of L.A.,I guess people with low self esteem notice those things and have to point them out,seeing much of that in themselves,then projecting it upon someone else.

  9. heama603

    I love her too J. always have and always will

  10. anon

    Okay. Let’s be honest. They both need to lose poundage. They could start off by putting down the 2000 calorie fancy coffees they paid 8 dollars each for. And for those of you who say you can’t see it…you’re not being honest. I’m not syaing she has to lose 200lbs – but losing 30 would be a good idea.

  11. The Inspector

    Are you kidding me? How many 47 year old women look half this good? Lose weight for health reasons if that’s the motivation, but she is still one of the most beautiful women anywhere. And she seems like a genuinly nice person, which means a hell of a lot more.

  12. Ricky

    I hope she loses it, shes always been pretty
    shes still pretty! almost 47? wow..indeed how many 47 year old women look that good in the face?
    she still has those cute features.
    just dont get too thin Val! your fuller face makes you look more youthful than your age.
    good luck!

  13. Me

    I’m 47 and wear a size 3 and would die if I ever got that fat and yes, she’s fat. That’s a huge size for her height. But, her son needs to get a hair cut and go on a major diet himself.

  14. Dr Feelgood

    (Previous message posted by:47 year old crack whore whom noone gives a shit what she says)

  15. Sue

    I don’t think she looks fat at all. Maybe the coat is hiding her supposed fatness? Anyway, she looks good and I see she still has that beautiful hair.

  16. Randi

    She can stand to lose some weight. It’s hard to tell in that coat but she has put on weight over the years. That said, she does looked great for 47. Always was one of the great natural beauties in Hollywood.

  17. Blythe

    She says she wants to lose 30 pounds to get to a size 8, and right now, she claims she’s a size 14. DO THE MATH PEOPLE…it’s approx 10 pounds per dress size, so she really has to lose more than 30 pounds to get to her goal of a size 8. It’s more like 60 pounds she has to lose by her goal month of September, but she isn’t disclosing that. To me, she looks more like a size 16 or 18. And isn’t it interesting how it looks as though her face stayed on the thinner side and the rest of her body got larger? I think she had some face and chin work done already, but is choosing to keep quiet about that.

  18. Jupiter

    Blythe, going from a size 14 to a size 8 IS going down 3 dress sizes, i.e. 14, 12, 10, 8….

  19. w modica

    valleri, i think you are sooooo nice and fat with your goureous, big bum. i don’t think that you should loose an ounce, as a matter of fact , i think you should fatten up!!! sincerely ,

  20. Blythe

    Jupiter said:
    Blythe, going from a size 14 to a size 8 IS going down 3 dress sizes, i.e. 14, 12, 10, 8….

    Posted on April 10, 2007 10:31 AM

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    You’re forgetting the “other” sizes out there that are…13, 11, and 9. And there ARE those sizes! Some never thought there was an actual size zero “0″ either, and there is.

  21. Blythe

    Val’s son Wolfie needs to follow in his moms footsteps with JC. He looks pretty unhealthy/obese for a kid his age!

  22. Shannon

    The difference between these pictures and the one on the cover of some magazine (where she is wearing a shift dress) are amazing. She looked quite chunky on the cover, but slim here. This either reflects the difference in flattering vs. unflattering clothing, or Valerie has already started losing weight for Jenny Craig. The word ‘fat’ is relative, isn’t it? I mean, a size 14 for some would be quite an accomplishment, and for others it is embarassing.

    As for the other issue raised by Blythe, about dropping 3 sizes… Clothing manufacturers EITHER use the even sizes or odd sizes – they do not use both. (And I think only the low-end, junior sizes use the 5/7/9/11 odd denominations.) When you talk about dropping a size, you do not switch back and forth b/t the two methods of sizing. Therefore Valerie is indeed planning on dropping just 3 sizes (to a 12, then 10, then 8). As for 10 lbs = one size, well that depends on how big you are and how you carry your weight, doesn’t it? For me it’s about 12-15 pounds, but for someone like Valerie 10 pounds per size seems about right. Blythe, if you think the difference between an 8 and a 14 is sixty pounds, you need more help than this blog can provide…

  23. Blythe

    Shannon, don’t kid yourself about the sizes. And don’t be so over protective of Val, unless you know her personally. Also, those pics of Val and Wolfie were taken some time ago, before the photos in PEOPLE. I notice no one is commenting on Wolfie’s weight???

  24. Val is a beautiful person no matter what her weight or dress size. She was a role model to teenage girls in the 70s and 80s and still is today.
    And to the rest of you out there, bringing her teenage son into this is just plain tacky!!!!

  25. Vicki


    you are out to lunch…Val is about 160 pounds, she wants to get down to 130. 160 IS a size 14, more or less; 130 IS a size 8.

  26. Size expert

    Umm, Blythe, learn to admit when you’re wrong. Even sizing (2,4,6,8, etc) refers to Misses clothing. Odd sizes refer to Juniors. Some articles of clothing may even give both on the tag, i.e. a 7/8. Juniors sizes (5,7,9,11,13 etc) are supposedly cut slightly less curvy for younger teens who don’t yet have an hour glass shape, other than that, there is no difference between a size 7 and a size 8. Therefore, Valerie would only be losing three sizes if she goes from a 14 to a size 8. Sheesh.

  27. Audrey

    I don’t believe Valerie needs only to lose 30 pounds. I am also 5’2″ and weigh 170 pounds. That is 62 pounds over my previous weight. Over the last two years I have gone through some very difficult times and have used food to comfort me or as someone else would say the drug of my choice. In the process I have gained this excess weight which I am gradually losing. What bothers me is that Valerie is in a weight campaign to lose weight and won’t divulge her present weight. Kirstie Alley has also been secretive about how much she weighs. Most of us who read these sites know how frustrating it is to be overweight and we use these sites as motivation and hope that we too can lose our pounds. Kirstie was probably over 250 when she started but embarrassed to state her correct weight. It gives everyone reading about these weight loss stories a lack of trust in that these two people will not be honest. I realize it takes a lot of courage to go public, but lets not forget that both of them are being paid a lot of money and they can use this to launch themselves back into movies or whatever their choice. In any case they are before the public. It would be so refreshing to have them say their true starting weight as it misleads a lot of people in thinking unkindly towards themselves. As far as Valerie’s son, perhaps he wants to lose weight also, but I think he looks fine just as I think Valerie also looks lovely.

  28. kk

    Valerie is so beautiful and always will be. I hope she loses the pounds for her health. I appreciate the fact that she is willing to do the program in front of millions of people.



  30. O D a a T Fan

    I was in love with Valerie in her show One Day at a Time. To remember her in that show and to see her now is just like going through the looking glass. She has got all the charm and beauty now that she had then even AFTER having a baby! Let’s face it folks, she had a baby and what woman looks as fantasic as Valerie now as when she did in her early TV days??? What is even most moving is that she has not fallen as far as the other Hollywood females that decide to show off as much of their skin as they can. Yes, Valerie is not perfect but, she is as close to perfection as one woman can get. Let her lose the weight that she wants. Let her be the Jenny Craig show girl. Valerie Bertinelli deserves only the best because she has stayed as close to being the best all these years. She is a true Hollywood role model, again maybe not perfect but better that the majority of the Hollywood sluts that are out there!!!

  31. jennifer

    Wow, so many people are interested in one womans weight/life etc. I find that so interesting sociologically. Re her face..she and Rachel Ray are Italian American women..many have had beautiful olive / oily skin as young girls-thats why her face stayed the same (not b/c of any surgeries) … I myself have had a similar weight story and i will say, looking in the mirror…a few extra pounds has always enhanced the beauty.

  32. j

    blythe – - odd numbered sizes are specifically “JUNIOR’S” so you’re wrong, jupiter is correct.

  33. jimmy

    well people,
    for all those who commented on vals weight,
    its been a year and she is soooooo hot and yes skiny.So what changes did you make in the year?my guess is that you haven’t done anything and you are probably sitting making judgmental comments about someone else now..congrats val

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