News anchor responds to criticism about her weight

by Emily Senger

When a viewer wrote a letter to La Crosse, Wisconsin morning news anchor Jennifer Livingston criticising her for being fat, the anchor didn’t let it slide. She responded on air in a well-thought-out argument that is now going viral.

In the video, Livingston explains that she received a letter on Friday from viewer Kenneth W. Krause which read, in part: “Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”

The letter went on to say that Livingston has an obligation to her viewers, particularily young girls, to be a healthy role model.

Livingston’s husband, who is also a news anchor at station, posted the letter on Facebook and Livingston received many comments denouncing the criticism. But that wasn’t enough for the news anchor.

“Attacks like this are not OK,” Livingston said. “The truth is, I am overweight. You could call me fat, and even obese, on a doctor’s chart. But, to the person who wrote me that letter: Do you think I don’t know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don’t see?”

Livingston goes on say that October is national anti-bullying month in the U.S. and that children who hear such hurtful comments from the adults in their life go on to make the same comments themselves.

“What really angers me about this is that there are children who don’t know better,” Livingston says. “Who are getting emails as critical as the one I received or, in many cases, even worse, each and every day.

“If you are at home, and you are talking about the fat news lady, guess what, your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat. We need to teach our kids how to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example.”




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News anchor responds to criticism about her weight

  1. what an ass for writing that… awesome job Jennifer for standing up to that bully, he must have major issues with himself to try and make you feel bad, well it didn’t work. Hopefully he has learned something from this… people like him piss me offf…… Hats off to you Jennifer, God Bless you, seems like you are a beautiful person inside and out…

  2. How about instead of worrying about people picking on you for being fat, YOU JUST DON’T BE FAT? Nice attempt to pass the responsibility onto someone else to be “sensative” rather than tackling the problem herself and losing the weight, Sounds like a lazy approach. Sounds like something a fat person would do.

  3. I run every day, not because i want to nor because i enjoy it. I run because I have to. Not far mind you, just a kilometer – just enough. I eat a high protein breakfast and a salad for lunch. Boring, boring boring lunch. I love burgers, fries, pizza, tacos But I eat a salad. I eat it because I have to.
    Why? Because I am a fat person in a vigorously slim body. I am not obsessed with it. I just want to go to my daughter’s wedding, to enjoy retirement, to live a life without chronic pain and to not die of heart disease by the time I am 55.
    I know what I am, as you do Jennifer. The difference between us is that I am willing to work at being healthy. You make excuses and hate yourself. What a waste. What a total waste. The man wasn’t bullying you Jennifer – he was speaking the obvious. You are overweight and you know it. You said so. You are a poor role model.
    Bullying is when you use Youtube to make yourself feel better; when you grab a volitile word and label another person for no better person to enhance your low self-esteem. He did not make you what you are, he did not make you feel bad about what you are, he did not prevent you from making personal changes.
    In a way, I hope Kenneth is gay, a homosexual. He can then go on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Fox News and label you a homophobe. And you would get to wear that around for a while through no real fault of your own.

  4. What a mature way to handle the situation! Your speech was wonderfully inspiring. I hope people listen to you and stop the nonsense and bullying.
    You my lady, are a beautiful person! – both inside and outside.
    Hats off to you!

  5. A number of years ago a took my daughter, then aged about 12 to Buffalo for a day trip. She had never been to the USA before. Once outside the restaurant after lunch she said “There are fat people everywhere and they do not even know they are fat”.

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