Valerie Bertinelli Opens Up About Her Weight Struggles: 'I'm Happy Today'

by Raphael Chestang 6:08 PM PST, January 05, 2016
Playing Valerie Bertinelli Opens Up About Her Weight Struggles: 'I'm Happy Today'

While Valerie Bertinelli looks great on the outside, nowadays she's more focused on staying happy on the inside.

The 55-year-old actress made a splash eight years ago when she lost 40 pounds on the Jenny Craig program, flaunting her svelte figure in a bikini in an ad campaign for the weight-loss system. Subsequently she came under fire for gaining some of the weight back, but she's no longer obsessing over the scale.

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"Do I want my jeans to be a little looser? Hell yeah!" she told ET. "But I'm happy today."

Today, Bertinelli is a co-host and judge on the cooking competition series, Kids Baking Championship, along with Charm City Cakes owner Duff Goldman.

On the show, 10 children compete for the $25,000 grand prize, and Bertinelli is not only there to judge. She also takes it upon herself to soothe tears.

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"I hate eliminating the kids," Bertinelli said. "I wish they could all win."

"Valerie makes me cut," Goldman chimed in, explaining that whenever a kid needs to be eliminated, he's the one that delivers the message.

Tune into Kids Baking Championship Mondays on Food Network.