‘Baywatch’ star Erika Eleniak on letting ‘fat issues’ go

Erika Eleniak wants to throw a life preserver to people struggling with weight issues.

The former “Baywatch” star, who has a new podcast out, says that one fast way to find inner peace is to stop being hung up on what you weigh.

“Take your fat issues and your worry issues and learn from them and stop letting them define us,” the 51-year-old actress told Page Six. “It’s not easy, it’s a daily practice but it’s called evolving.”

It’s an issue that Eleniak has struggled with. In 2006, she participated in the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Fit Club” after the birth of her daughter.

Eleniak, who now lives in Canada, calls herself a “spiritual seeker with a voracious appetite for everything spiritual” and has a podcast fittingly called “Spiritual Alchemy with Erika,” in which she discusses all things spiritual.

“The podcast is about taking all of the things I’ve learned and my really difficult challenges and teach people we are really powerful and we are never taught that,” she explained. “The choices that we make matter. To take life lessons and to actually use them and turn your life into what you want it to be. Your speaking to the biggest fan of the Laws of Attraction.”

The blond beauty, who played Shauni McClain on “Baywatch” from 1989 to 1992, has nothing negative to say about the show and says she only left to seek “diversity” in her career.

“I wanted to have a serious career,” she explained. “I’m so grateful to the show. I left because it was time for me to go at the height and hopefully be able to use, that in my mind.

“What happened to me is I had to end up working three times as hard than I thought I would because of, ‘Oh, bouncing breasts, blonde, here she comes thinking she’s going to get the role.’ And I did get some great roles but I busted my ass.”

Eleniak, whose first screen appearance was as the girl Elliot kisses in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” is critical of photo features that compare her to her bikini days of yore.

“You take a picture of yourself at 18 in a bikini and 30 years later. Will you look the same? You can’t! It’s ridiculous,” she said. 

She also hates headlines like “No longer fresh-faced” and hopes her podcast can be an antidote.

“That’s where my podcast comes in. People are just not taught real communication skills, compassion,” the single mother of one expounded. “It’s a skewed society we live in. If you knew how hurtful your words were I have a feeling that it would change nine out of ten of you. There are definitely a–holes in this world and there are even purposes for a–holes in this world so it is what it is. I know that inherently most people are good, they’re just not taught any better.”

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