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TV Anchor Blasts Viewer Who Calls Her 'Fat'

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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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  • DRUM-MAJOR
    Amen!!!!!! - 11/6/2014 9:19:18 AM
  • 1TWINKLE1
    She is so beautiful, this really motivated me, and I was very emotional while watching this. She is so positive, proud and positively moving. - 10/27/2014 2:33:36 PM
  • I think she is an inspiration to all children, especially girls, as this shows you can be overweight & still have a great job! That being overweight isn't the worse thing that can happen. A person can be happy & fulfilled regardless of how people want to label you. - 10/16/2014 8:14:49 PM
  • Absolutely appalling! Thank you for standing up for those who for whatever reason have self image issues. I appauld your courage! - 10/11/2014 4:28:11 PM
  • Commenting on a person's appearance is just a way for a person to feel morally superior to another. Fat is considered a moral failure. She's right. Fat people know they are fat. They know it is not the healthiest state to be in, but it is their body and no one knows what is behind that fat. Fat shamers should redirect their emotional energy to solving issues of poverty and violence, not the size of their neighbour's rear end. - 10/11/2014 12:55:18 PM
  • EX-SKINNY60
    Thank God for this lovely Lady's editorial! It is NOT the body but the soul of the person that makes them who they are. I was a skinny kid in the 50's when rounder ladies were considered sexy (a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield, etc.) Just when puberty started to bulk me up...along comes TWIGGY! It is ALL about fads and fashions, and all that is SUPERFICIAL. People need depth and personality. My mother's family was from New Orleans and I grew up surrounded by strong, PLUMP, happy, Food-loving women. They were wonderful, and they knew how to LOVE. I am a cancer survivor without a thyroid and I can tell you "plumpness" is part of my life now, but I am still ME! ALIVE! - 9/9/2014 8:34:40 AM
  • ISOLDREA
    The sad thing is, bullies are just people with painfully low self-esteem. My dad always said, "Hurt people hurt people." It's hard to feel compassion for someone who causes you pain, but that is the highest order of "loving your enemies". When I see children who are bullies, I know where it must come from. It hurts me to see suffering perpetuated in such an oblivious and ignorant manner on to the smallest and most impressionable. The man who wrote this should be more concerned about the example he is setting, rather than Jennifer's appearance. - 8/28/2014 2:22:26 PM
  • I wonder if this man, who wrote to Jennifer, also wrote to the anorexic movie stars and models that today's young girls and women try to emulate? Yes, obesity is a problem... so are eating disorders. We should encourage our family and friends to strive for a healthy weight and a strong, healthy body... not bully them. And we should NOT set ourselves up as the experts and judges of complete strangers. We know nothing about their lives, and unless they invite us in, we should not comment. - 8/28/2014 10:13:55 AM
  • bulling has become epidemic of our everyday lives and it is time to stop it. I am glad this lady stood her ground. We don't show kindness to people anymore it is I am it and you are the dirt I walk on ever day. - 8/27/2014 10:52:12 PM
  • Certainly there is a difference between bullying and constructive criticism, and it depends on the degree on the relationship and the motivation behind the comment. In this case, a stranger who has only seen her on TV a few times in several years is not in any position to give constructive criticism and usurping the role reserved for intimates is an unwarranted violation of her personal boundaries. If the concern came from her doctor with kindness and professionalism, when discussing blood sugar levels or high blood pressure, that would be constructive criticism. If she were talking with her husband or best friend and asked for their opinion and they kindly expressed concern for her health out of personal knowledge and love, that would be constructive criticism. Some stranger passing judgment and acting holier-than-thou while making the dubious excuse that he is only doing it for some mythical children whom he doesn't know either, that is not constructive criticism, that is bullying. As Ann Lander used to say, he needs to MYOB. - 8/25/2014 10:59:56 AM
  • Great use of a platform and words to address bullying. Yes, children hear adults' negative talk and internalize that dialogue. They then act out that negative talk by bullying others. - 8/24/2014 2:37:51 PM
  • Exerlent talk, lecture or whatever. Your words are so very wise and needed. I wonder who appointed him judge. I thought that was Gods job or your HIGHER POWER job. I'm almost sure your HIGHER POWER has more important things to do right now like world peace, bullying, helping the poor child that has little self confidence and is being bullied.
    keep up your good words that help others. - 8/24/2014 9:07:23 AM
  • PEGGYSUE17
    I was touched by this response and commit to thinking twice before making comments about others, thank you Jennifer. - 8/24/2014 7:39:21 AM
  • LINDA-1943
    I agree with LadyDG. Do not confuse bullying with constructive criticism. Bullying is totally wrong. It seeks to puff up the self while putting someone else down and making them feel worthless. Bullying because of a persons nationality or race is stupid. God made all races. Bullying because of a disability is cruel. The person would change their situation if they could. You should be compassionate and help if you can. Same with social, educational or financial status. Bullying a sinner is wrong too. But appropriate corrective action may be called for (jail time for a bank robber - I am NOT saying that fat people should go to jail). Being overweight is NOT a sin, but being obese may or may not be, depending on your attitude, hormones, and ability to change your health. I think her critic was trying to help her, not hinder. That's what SparkPeople is supposed to be about. Better the wounds of a friend than the kisses of an enemy. - 8/20/2014 1:36:27 PM
  • Wow! I hope that some day I am that strong that I can stand up to people who do stuff like that. The thing is that sometimes people can make it sound like concern but it's more hurtful than it is anything else. - 8/8/2014 7:12:09 PM