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News Anchor Fights Back On Air After Viewer Criticizes Her Weight

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Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

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A morning news anchor on WKTB-TV in La Crosse, Wis. named Jennifer Livingston has become the latest outspoken advocate for anti-bullying after she was the target of  a viewer’s harsh critique of her appearance, according to CBS News.

Livingston has made headlines after a video went viral of her addressing a shocking letter she received from a bullying viewer targeting her weight live on air.

The letter:

Hi Jennifer,

It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. 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. I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.

In response to the letter, Livingston had a stern message to the viewer in question and raised important points about bullying in America and the example parents are setting for their children.

“The truth is I am overweight,” Livingston responded. “You can call me fat and yes, even obese on a doctor’s chart. To the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don’t know that? Your cruel words are pointing out something I don’t see?”

October also happens to be Anti-Bullying Month, and Livingston made sure to use her first hand experience to make a positive difference in the world.

“If you are at home and talking about the fat news lady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat,” she said.

Watch her response to the letter below and tell us, do you think the viewer’s letter is considered bullying or an honest critique? Leave your comments below.

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