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Bullied News Anchors and Our Fear of Fat

What Jennifer Livingston's response to one ignorant reviewer gets right and wrong about obesity.

Jennifer Livingston is a news anchor at WKBT-TV in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and she's used to being in the public eye. But the critical gaze of one viewer was too much.

After channel surfing into Livingston's show, a man named Kenneth Krause wrote to her: "I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years." And "Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular." And "Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle."

Livingston went on air to call Krause a bully, and she thanked the public for their support after her husband (also an anchor at the station) posted the comment on the station's Facebook page. Livingston's response then went viral, prompting appearances on morning talk shows and several ...

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