News anchor responds to 'bully's' letter about weight

Published On: Oct 02 2012 06:16:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2012 10:56:29 AM EDT

A news anchor in Wisconsin was so shocked by the cruelty of a letter she received from a viewer about her weight that she took to the air to respond.

Jennifer Livingston, a morning anchor at WKBT in La Crosse, says she tried to laugh off a viewer's letter, which read in part, "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."

But after her husband, who is also an anchor at the station, posted the letter on his Facebook page and received an overwhelming response supporting Livingston, she addressed the issue on the air.

In a frank editorial, she acknowledged that she is overweight, but she knows that from looking in the mirror, not because she received a letter to bringing it to her attention -- and pointed out her character is made up of a lot more than the numbers she sees on the scale. She also encouraged the community to rise above people who bully others and teach their children "to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example."


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