In a conversation with Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali on the Hypochondriactor podcast, Cheryl Burke revealed her struggle with body dysmorphia.
"I suffer from social anxiety now that I'm sober, I have body dysmorphia because I'm a dancer. I mean, tell me one dancer that doesn't," she said.
"So when I look at myself in the mirror, and someone says, 'Oh, you look amazing,' I see someone who is overweight and, in my eyes and in my way of judging myself, not amazing. It's like no matter what I look like."
Cheryl explained that she realised it was a problem when she was revisiting old seasons of Dancing With The Stars.
"I was pretty skinny, and yet I was still giving wardrobe hassle in our fittings."
Ultimately, she said it got to the point where she couldn't stop thinking about it. Her negative thoughts were also reinforced when people started talking about her weight.
"The nation decided to call me fat about season seven or eight when I actually got off my birth control, and I retained 15 pounds of water weight, which I thought was obviously going to be the opposite. Normally people lose weight when they get off birth control," she said.
"So I decided to get off of it right at the beginning of the season, and I gained weight like in less than a week, literally 15 pounds of water weight. And then it was like a big deal, like 'Cheryl's too fat for TV' and then I had a couple of my co-workers blasting my ass too, and then I would wake up to like KTLA 'Cheryl's too fat.' I was like, this is crazy."