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October 14 2008

Weighty Issues For Cheryl Burke of Dancing With The Stars

Would someone mind telling me why in the world how much someone weighs should matter to anyone but the person who is carrying it?

Case in point is professional dancer Cheryl Burke, one of the fan favorites from Dancing With The Stars, apparently put on five pounds over the summer.  She opted to take this summer off, her first time off in several years, and was not dancing her usual 7 hours a day.  Even with the “weight gain” (which was said to be mainly in her shoulder blade area) she still fit into her size 4 costumes.

In a recent article on the Chicago Sun-Times website, they went into great detail about how many nasty comments and blog posts have been made about Cheryl’s change in weight.  Apparently she finally went on Good Morning America (video link) and addressed the issue, saying that the comments had been very hurtful and she had some emotional moments over what had been said.  While I would say Ms. Burke needs to grow a slightly thicker skin, I do think any comments about her gain are just ludicrous.

Now you would think in an article about how she was hurt by the comments, and explaining her weight and size, people might take a hint not to say more, but, alas, this is the Internet.  (spelling and grammar mistakes are all of the commentor from the)

Cheryl needs to look at herself in the mirror and pictures. Her butt and thighs are huge. She needs to compare with other coworkers or people who are the top of the game that not the right look for professional dancers. It does not matter how good she dances because your appearance does not appealing to watch it. People who turned to be huge and fat are all said that same things like she said. Honestly, she is fat with humounous butt and thighs. I like her but if she is keeping her fat weights right now or getting fatter, I probably my mind would gradually not going to be her fan anymore. She needs to be realistic that she is fat. Like one of the trainer, the blonde hair, not tall and chubby, she has exercised hard and makes a living out of it why she does not have nice body but because she keeps on exercising hard for her carrer that why she does not turn to be big butt and thigh like she was born to be which is the same like Cheryl. Cheryl is in public eyes. She needs to want to look good or the best herself, nobody could make her do it. She is fat if not like a pig but she would if she keeps on denial it and gets people to cheer her that it is okay and good to look like now. They do not tell the truth or in the eyes of the beholder. Well! be honest she is getting fat and fatter. If she or anyone who was born with big butt and thighs then they should live with it, right! WRONG!!! Look at the trainer who has the same generic problems like Cheryl but she beats it by working out A LOT and diet. No pain, no gain! It is her choice! It would be sad that she would choose to let go and be natural (FAT). Britney Spears at least she has 2 kids. Cheryl, if you let yourself go and keeps denying the truth and feel hurt and does not listen to any criticism then you have a chance to be like STAR JONES before her diet and plastic surgery with a lot of scars everywhere. People does not want you to be better than them.
Good Luck!

Okay, first… wow.  How about some people worry about actually talking like they’ve gotten an edumakation before commenting on someone elses “carrer”.  All that aside, I go back to my original comment about why should anyone’s weight matter to anyone beyond the person carrying the weight?  Obviously it shouldn’t, but this has become a real problem in the United States where young girls are constantly bombarded with “be thin, be thin” imagery and comments. Is it any wonder that anorexia is a problem here?

And there was this portion of a comment by another user.

I really think most of the people who thinks it’s okay for a PROFESSIONAL DANCER to look like this is overweight themselves and defending her so as not to look so bad themselves. She’s not just a woman, she’s not a mom who just recently had children, she’s in a profession where her body is her one tool.

Well, guess what, I am overweight (something I am very up front about), and I will defend her because I think it is just pure insanity to call a size 4 woman “fat”.  Yes, I am trying to lose weight, but I am doing this strictly for myself, and no one else and I think everyone, no matter what their size or profession, should just be allowed to be themselves.  If they are comfortable, if they can work with the weight they are at, then it is simply no one elses business.

Honestly, the only thing I can figure is that these people’s lives are so sad, they have to find an excuse to tear down someone else, and if that is the case, I would much rather be fat than so petty.



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  • Jo

    She is not overweight, and if people think a size 4 person is just that, they are the ones that need their head’s examined! Compare her to the stick thin Susan Lucci. Who looks healthier?

  • Jo – Amazing isn’t it? And I couldn’t agree with you more about Lucci! Every time I watch her dance, I’m sure a bone is going to poke through her skin somewhere! Burke is FAR healthier looking.

  • Ridiculous. I cannot believe that people are saying that. If you gain five pounds and still fit in your clothes (especially if said wait is in your shoulders), how can anyone tell that you’ve even gained it? It’s FIVE pounds. I’m sure as a woman, Ms. Burke knows that you can fluctuate that much weight over the course of a month. Five pounds? It’s five pounds, people!

    I think that people are commenting about how fat she is simply because someone told them she gained five pounds. Otherwise, there’s no way that they would have known. Unless it was a five pound tumor that grew out of her face, or an extra boob.

    Size 4 is not fat. It’s not even average.

    Cheryl, don’t let this upset you. These are not intelligent people. If they don’t understand the basic concepts of the English language, they are not worth your time. Period.

    I’d rather be intelligent and fat than remotely like the people commenting on her weight. Besides, if we were to meet these people and find out their actual physique, I’d put money on the fact that Cheryl Burke would look better than any one of them. Ah, but such is the beauty of the internet.

    People like that make me angry… which, sadly, it seems, is most people.

  • A supporter

    I think to call Cheryl fat is ridiculous. She is a beautiful woman and looks healthy. People need to grow up an realize that real woman have weight on them.

    • cherylfan

      I agree, stick thin people are miserable and unhealthy

  • M.

    My weight fluctuates up and down five pounds on a weekly basis, good thing I’m not in the public spotlight!

  • A supporter – Truer words have never been spoken. On the flip side you have people saying the girls on the new 90210 are TOO skinny, so which is it? The world is just too picky.

  • Lauren

    Cheryl Burke is not fat!!!! Do you realize the average size of a woman is a size 12. Now I understand a size 12 is kinda fat… but that’s normal. People are not meant to be these perfect size 0’s with no blemishes, and bleach white teeth. From a scientific stand point… all that hollywood crap is fake. When it’s said they give people these unrealistic images of beauty that’s 100% correct. People just don’t look like that, it’s all airbrushing and starvation. Which might I add, Cheryl Burke does not wear a size 4. My measurements are exactly the same as hers (34, 26, 36) and I’m 4in shorter than she is, i’m a size 6. Cheryl Burke is a real woman, and you see the shit she gets because of it. I can’t fit in those high end designer clothes… they are made for woman that starve themselves or who are just naturally very small. Women come in all sizes and are not supposed to be cookie cut. Do yourselves a favor and don’t buy into all that fake Hollywood crap.

  • cherylfan

    Cheryl is an AMAZING dancer, the best one out there! It is SO dumb to say that size 4 is big. Cheryl ROCKS!!!