Valerie Bertinelli recently shared a photo of herself in a swimsuit and shared her firm views on her body and self-confidence. Followers weighed in.

Valerie Bertinelli as seen in an Instagram carousel dated February 9, 2024 | Source:

Valerie Bertinelli, at 63, shared a throwback photo of herself in a swimsuit from 2014 on social media, accompanied by the caption statement, “This is a 150lb body on a 5’4 frame.” She also shared, “This is considered overweight.” This post has ignited a flurry of support and admiration online.

Bertinelli proudly stated: “Aging strong not skinny is where it’s at!” Bertinelli’s openness about her body image, even looking back, has elicited responses ranging from “you’re so real” to exclamations of surprise and appreciation: “Oh my goodness,” “I am beyond speechless,” and “You look better than a model.”

Valerie Bertinelli as seen in an Instagram carousel dated February 9, 2024 | Source:

Reflecting on her journey, Bertinelli recounted a pivotal moment years ago. As she contemplated her perennial goal to lose “the same 10 lbs. I had been trying to lose for the past forty years,” she experienced a profound shift in perspective. One morning, as she stepped onto her scale, she knew she could no longer keep the habit.

This introspection led Bertinelli, a renowned star and Food Network host, to a significant realization about self-worth and the futility of tying it to the scale.The passing of her ex-husband, Eddie Van Halen, in October 2020, further catalyzed her reflection on what truly matters in life—a narrative she explores in her memoir, “Enough Already.”

Valerie Bertinelli at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Bertinelli’s transformation is not just about rejecting the scale; it’s about embracing life’s joys and finding contentment beyond physical appearance. “The goal is to live in the moment,” she emphasizes, advocating for a life appreciated for its beauty and simplicity rather than constrained by weight.

In her candid reflections, Bertinelli touches on the challenges of overcoming decades of societal conditioning. She recalled her mother being treated badly by her father for her weight, sharing the painful memories of being judged on her appearance from a young age. Yet, her message remains hopeful and empowering, she is learning that one’s body is not what makes one lovable.

Valerie Bertinelli at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Bertinelli is now learning that she doesn’t have to weight until she’s lost weight to treat herself and others with kindness. She shared that she now understands it doesn’t matter what she looks like, so long as she is kind to herself.