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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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  • CACUJIN
    I feel that come of the comments on this board are rather shallow. If someone takes a different vantage, the care called names and told there is no room for bullying. Well, calling names is bullying.

    The message was sent via email which is a personal message. His comments were inquisitive and respectful. Instead of address his views with him on a personal level, this woman choose to make it public by broadcasting it to the world. I am embarrassed for her, not because of her weight, but because of her attitude. If I were watching this broadcast, I would have turned the channel and possibly sent a message of my own to the station: This woman's personal issues do not belong on the broadcast.

    Social media has created opportunity for people to be offended and to grandstand their personal issues. It is not okay to bully someone. This woman was deliberately bullying a person that was meaning to be discreet. She shamed them. She is a bully. - 10/11/2017 1:33:47 PM
  • I wonder if the man who wrote this email would have gone up to say that to her if he saw her somewhere?

    I totally agree that we should teach kindness, it's too easy to criticize.

    Most people usually have enough flaws of their own to take care of before have try to clean up other people's issues. - 9/23/2017 2:37:01 PM
  • I don't think his words were cruel or an attack on her. He was just pointing out that being in public eye she may want to think about her impact on the community that watches her, maybe daily. If she were to embrace the sentiment and improved her health by doing what Sparkpeople and many other health advocates suggest and lost only 10% of her body weight how would that impact her? Would it motivate some that watch her to also better their health? I think it would and I think that's all he was suggesting.
    Good on that news station for allowing her to be an anchor person and for giving her the time to respond. - 9/2/2017 8:34:31 AM
  • I don't think his words were cruel or an attack on her. He was just pointing out that being in public eye she may want to think about her impact on the community that watches her, maybe daily. If she were to embrace the sentiment and improved her health by doing what Sparkpeople and many other health advocates suggest and lost only 10% of her body weight how would that impact her? Would it motivate some that watch her to also better their health? I think it would and I think that's all he was suggesting.
    Good on that news station for allowing her to be an anchor person and for giving her the time to respond. - 9/2/2017 8:31:21 AM
  • Very insightful and uplifting. People bully because generally their self worth is low and the only way to make themselves feel better is to try and make someone else feel low. It is time we put a stop to this. I'm 63 years old and I can remember getting bullied for do well in school. Of course this was from the boy who was always at the bottom of the class. Bully has always been around but it is time to stop it. - 9/2/2017 8:08:16 AM
  • GCWILLI1
    There is NO place for bullying of any kind! Thank you for sharing this!! - 8/21/2017 2:15:50 PM
  • ANNPAUL31
    Jennifer, thank you for your insightful and courageous words. Unless we speak out against bullying, our acquiescence lends credence to condoning their actions. Thank you for leading by example, BTW, I think you are a beautiful person, inside and out. - 7/6/2017 10:32:52 AM
  • So very true! And the sad fact is, the bullies are only tripping to hide their own insecurities. I'd recently seen a Facebook posting mocking a larger woman in leggings. Every man posting a mocking comment was, in fat, obese himself. The irony was lost on them.

    It's what lies in our hearts and souls that makes us beautiful people...not the outer appearance. 💕 - 3/31/2017 2:19:27 PM
  • You are AWESOME!!!! I've never seen you before viewing this video on SparkPeople, but you so totally rock. Your response to the bully was terrific, and your teaching point afterward is priceless. Thank you for taking the high ground and using this to educate, rather than negatively engage. - 3/28/2017 1:27:00 AM
  • You are an amazing person. Bullying just needs to stop. Sometimes there is a reason a person is over weight. Stress is one major cause of obesity today! If people would just mind their own business or give positive words of encouragement, our world would be a much nicer place. - 2/20/2017 9:28:06 PM
  • You are an awesome lady for taking a stand against this extremely crude and cruel individual. I hope every child that is going through attacks like this will take heart and realize their very unique and special self-worth. BRAVO for your strength of character!! - 2/19/2017 3:56:20 PM
  • Laurance, are you for real? It was bullying you dolt. The man behind that email was bullying her by calling her fat. Criticizing someone is a form of bullying. Wake up Laurance! Your two cents was NOT welcome. - 2/19/2017 12:12:42 PM
  • You go girl - 2/19/2017 9:54:22 AM
  • Inspiring ! - 2/19/2017 6:20:17 AM
  • We should be focused on whether or not she does her job. She does it well and is a true spokesperson. Kudos to her! - 2/19/2017 5:23:55 AM