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TV Anchor Blasts Viewer Who Calls Her 'Fat'

What did a TV news anchor do when a viewer called her fat? She didn't cry or ignore it--she took to the airwaves and used the hateful email as an opportunity to promote acceptance and fight bullying.
Jennifer Livingston is a role model for standing up for herself and not letting anyone bully people for their appearances! Need some motivation to love your body? Here are five ways to follow Jennifer's lead
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  • BRAVO! - 7/19/2014 11:01:58 PM
  • Way to go Jennifer!!!! I stumbled on this and was so glad I did. You addressed this issue so well and thank you for that. So many of us struggle with issues of weight or body image. I am so grateful to have people like you in this world and sadly I have to accept that the world also contains idiots like the one who sent you that email. What's really sad is that in a world so screwed up where kids now can't even go to school without the fear of being shot, this is the topic he chooses to focus on??? I think he should be pitied if anything at all. Jennifer, you are an amazing woman and thank you so much for saying what so many of us never get the chance to. God Bless You. - 6/13/2014 2:32:09 PM
  • Broadcast people get blasted all the time. Most of the tripe they received daily is ignored. This may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. And frankly, I don't blame her.

    You do have to be careful, in this day and age about making hasty assumptions about people. We had a news lady in our area that suddenly gained. She continued to broadcast and did a job well done. Her problem: Cancer. The chemo-therapy added the weight.

    Some hefty people I know are the most creative, gifted and energetic people who are an inspiration to me. - 6/13/2014 1:06:41 PM
  • What a inspirational message! I applaud her for taking something so negative and turning it into a positive. Only God can judge us. You go girl! - 4/12/2014 7:28:40 PM
  • Whether you agree or not with the sentiment of the email, it is still never okay to pass judgement on appearance and to send mail like that. It is offensive full stop. - 4/12/2014 5:34:27 PM
  • I too am fat or overweight. I have fought my weight issues all my life. I am a nurse and am well aware of the health problem and social issues of overweight. I have been on an off and on diet, pills, Dr 's, exercise programs etc for 64 of my 68 years of life. I have good self esteem and like my body and it doesn't cause me to avoid anything I want to do. That being said, I would really like to weigh less. Mostly for health reasons. It is hard work and something in me doesn't tell me I am full, or I can't reward myself with food, It is a hourly and daily battle that never quits. Yes, we do not need people telling us something that we are well aware of, or think we are lazy and unworthy. Most of the time we eat less than others and move less because of it because our bodies have been up and down the weigh scale. Thank you for your reply to this rude and unkind self righteous person. He should get his own mind in turn to the needs and problems others face instead of preaching. you are great, no one comments of how skinny some people are and their health problems so why try to bully us - 4/12/2014 12:53:52 PM
  • The guy was just plain nasty. I suppose he's an Adonis? You never know why someone looks the way they do... yes, perhaps not eating properly... BUT... medication? .... depression? ... disease? ... medical condition? There is no need for this guy to try to 'save' the rest of us by telling Jennifer about here weight. She is doing her job and she does it well. And, finally.... Jennifer, absolutely GREAT response. Bless you heart for being strong. - 4/3/2014 11:31:17 AM
  • Thank you!!!
    Love and kindness are so important! I am glad this topic came up! - 3/30/2014 2:16:33 AM
  • Shame on the adult bully who sent Jennifer that email. Like she said, she knows she has a weight problem. As for being a role model, she portrays a much better image than a hater, which is what email a$$hole writer is.

    Good for you for standing up to him Jennifer! I think you look great as you are. To hell with the haters! - 3/29/2014 5:56:28 PM
  • Those of you who agreed with the jerk that wrote the letter have probably never been overweight or had to be humiliated like that. We aren't stupid we know we are fat but you have no idea what we go through until you have walked in our shoes. I think she is awesome and I think she is a great role model for her children. Life is hard enough without having to be judged by anyone else but GOD. - 2/10/2014 5:16:47 PM
  • I agree with BIGTOSS03 WELL SAID AND OBESITY IS A PROBLEM , AND GOD FORBID THAT OUR CHILDREN BE ENCOURAGED TO BE OBESE . IT is a problem for their health and for their self esteem. nice job expressing your thoughts and I totally agree.. This did not appear to be a bullying person at all. I think the Anchor Women should have handled the letter totally different instead of seeking major pats on the back and pity, rather , she should be encourage to take the opportunity to promote healthy life styles and ESPECIALLY FOR THE CHILDREN!!! - 2/6/2014 5:38:44 PM
  • There are many reasons, to encourage healthy life styles. There is nothing wrong with encouraging them. It is not so much the loosing of weight , rather , it is the fitness life styles that are needed. One can loose weight , become totally saggy and without muscle. As we learn here at SPARK PEOPLE , what good is it to have lost weight without having muscle? The reality of muscle has been so wrongly interpreted, we are not saying you need to have large muscles at all. The smaller leaner ones will do. And for those of you who enjoy eating the more muscle, lean or other wise the more you can eat. And the more you should eat... it all depends on how much you want to acquire. While a small, lean muscle person would be healthy and able to consume more than a small person with little muscle composition. The muscles burns calories while it is at rest as well, not as much as when it is active , never the less it all helps. If without them your body stores your food as fat, when you continue to exercise you are giving nourishment back to your body and it feeds the muscles etc. When you lay around and become a couch potato your body will store the food you eat as fats because you are not utilizing your muscles to their full compacity.. HOWEVER, to say that ones is poking fun of someone else who is over weight by suggesting they present themselves as better role models seems a bit absurd. On the other note , one can be almost anything they wish to be and Anchor women or men is certainly on the list whether they are over weight, pudgy , chubby or a lean machine. - 2/6/2014 5:32:54 PM
  • A positive role model well done - 2/5/2014 10:28:45 AM
  • I honestly don't believe this letter was bullying. I thought the person who wrote it was stating an opinion that he believe important in the local society. I believe people in the public eye should lead as examples.
    I personally get sick of seeing my town as a whole. Over 70% of the population is overweight. And why is that? Because the town does not promote healthy lifesyles. It has only been in the last 2 years that I have seen a change in the way my town promotes health..... and it starts in the public media. - 2/4/2014 9:31:36 AM
  • Amen girl!! You are there to do a job, not win a beauty contest. Keep that chin up!!
    - 2/2/2014 9:19:19 PM