Cheryl Burke revealed her struggle with body deformity while talking about body image as a professional dancer.
The Dancing with the stars The pro opened up about having a complicated relationship with her body while appearing on watchers Podcast hosted by Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Whaley.
“I suffer from social anxiety now that I’m sober, I have a body dysmorphia because I’m a dancer,” she said. “I mean, one dancer told me not to do that.”
Burke shared a portion of her YouTube story in November 2020 with a video titled “My Struggle with Body Image,” in which she said she had a hard time feeling comfortable in her own skin. While on the podcast, she shared more details about what it means to her.
“When I look at myself in the mirror and someone says, ‘Oh, you look great’ I see an overweight person and in my eyes and in my way of judging myself, it’s not cool. So, it’s like no matter what I look like,” she said.
Although this experience was relatively accustomed to her, Burke made it clear that she realized it was a problem when she was revisiting the old seasons of Dancing with the stars.
“I was so skinny and yet I was still giving our wardrobe a hassle with our fittings. Like not bothering them, like, ‘Ah, I feel shit’ or ‘Oh my God, look at my fat roll.'” “It’s so absurd,” she said.
In the end, she said, she got to the point where she couldn’t stop thinking. Her negative thoughts were also reinforced by a conversation that took place in public about her body.
“The nation decided to call me fat in season seven or eight when I stopped birth control and kept 15 pounds of water, which I thought would be the opposite. Normally people lose birth weight control,” she said. “So I decided to ditch it early in the season and gained weight in less than a week, literally 15 pounds of water weight. And then it was such a big deal, like ‘Cheryl is too fat for TV’ and then I had a couple of my co-workers blow my ass too Then I get up to love KTLA” Cheryl is so fat. “I was like, this is crazy.”
Some of the headlines appeared in the 2020 video compiled by Burke, as it is a contributing factor to her feelings. However, Hayes told Wally that body negativity is something she struggled with long before it even came into the public eye. Her experience on TV only made her worse.
“I’m a dancer, OK, so at the end of the day I only knew my coach to do the weight distribution with me. He’s always been a thing. Like my mom, she was very health conscious, she was always on the South Beach Diet or when Atkins was popular. So when I was a little girl , that was what I was exposed to and obviously had to look at yourself in the mirror when you’re dancing, that’s a constant. To a studio without mirrors, so we’re constantly looking.” And then, when comparing because I’ve been judged my whole life, let’s not forget, as a competitive ballroom dancer and now out of these three eccentrics on the show hold the plates from one to ten. Then press that or when you see that one comment on Instagram Like, “Are you pregnant?” Stuff like that. So it doesn’t stop.”
Burke said she thinks “it will help when I’m done with it Dancing with the starsShe is no longer on the public stage in petite outfits alongside gorgeous celebrity dancers. And while she is ‘working’ to get to a better place in her relationship with her body, she will be dealing with intrusive thoughts forever.
“I think it will always be a problem,” she said. “Maybe that’s why I didn’t freeze my eggs, maybe that’s why it’s so hard for me to even say I’m ready for a baby because the last thing I want is to blame my baby for the way I look at myself. It’s not ideal. You have to heal First before we do that.”
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