Watch: News Anchor Responds to Email Criticizing Her Weight on TV

Jennifer Livingston tells her viewers she is aware she is overweight but bullying is never OK.

Jennifer Livingston, a local news anchor in La Crosse, Wisconsin, responded to a viewer's attack on her appearance during the morning show on Tuesday.

After watching the video clip, do you think overweight news anchors are a bad influence on children, like the viewer stated in an email? Did Livingston do the right thing? Tell us what you think in comments.

alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I agree, we're so inconsistent in our views...no one can argue with the fact that while we are running these beauty contests, the message is clear, beauty is paramount. But unfortunately, this issue is not so limited....if you go to the core of our culture...what is the difference between adulation for the beautiful cheerleaders and the quarterback that can throw a 50 yard spiral. Honestly, I don't know....I'm open for discussion.
alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Good questions, I wish I knew the answer. I think the answer to this question is more fundamental then most we throw around.
alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 05:51 AM
I saw an interview today of the newscaster and her family...they showed clips of their family just enjoying one another. ....we all should be so lucky.
alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Ahhhh thank you Yarnall, now I know a little more of the person who harpoons some of my beliefs....makes your attacks more like certificates of recognition.
Babs October 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
While I agree with all these pro-Linvingston and anti-bulling thoughts and after watching the TV interview there is one indisputable fact that remains: Jennifer is by her own admission "obese." One only need "see" that the example it sets, regardless of the indelicate nature by which is was pointed out, also remains - she is fat. In the TV interview she claimed that the reason behind this weight issue is "medical" and that she runs 5Ks and that she is "working on losing weight" - but the fact still remains. As Paula Dean also found out, much of carrying excess weight also has long term "medical implications." Paula also found out that there is a way to control it: again, indelicately it is by keeping her mouth shut at the table. Now that's a much better message to convey than, "I can't help it."
alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I guess you have direct experience in news casting and you know better than I but it strikes me that in society in general, men don't get off scott-free.
Sarah Riccitelli October 04, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I'd like to know if Mrs. Livingston's obesity is due to medical problems of overheating. If it's medical than the lawyer bully should be ashamed. If not, then Mrs. Livingstone should practice a little more discipline. On the other hand, the lawyer had no reason to state the obvious & good for Mrs. Livingstone for defending herself. As for me, I still watch what & how much I eat, to avoid gaining weight b/c my family has a history of obesity. I guess I'm torn on this issue.
Kevin George October 04, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Sarah, her medical condition, what she eats or how much she eats is none of your damned business.
Sarah Riccitelli October 04, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Kevin, Mrs.Livingston made it my damned business when she went public on her news show & Facebook.
Sarah Riccitelli October 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
& besides I still support her action of speaking out on our country's obsession with good looks. But one has to admit that obesity is a huge problem in this country.
alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I agree that we all judge...maybe we shouldn't but we do; however, it is a different story to insult others with those opinions. She's not asking anyone to marry her, just let her do her job and her job is not to be eye candy to that yokel that complained.
Kevin George October 04, 2012 at 08:14 PM
What a surprise. I am well aware that there is no shortage of busy bodies.
alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Babs, if you believe that "keeping her mouth shut at the table" is the whole solution to America's obesity problem, then I urge you to package that advice in some fashion and market it because....I believe if it was that simple then she and millions of others wouldn't be fighting the battle of the bulge
Kevin George October 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
For who? You? Me? It's HER problem, not yours. Is it the fact that she may be a bad role model for " the children"? What does her obesity have to do with anything in your life?
Babs October 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Simple Solutions To: alexpinca, Nothing worthwhile in life is easy. As an avid morning news TV watcher maybe you recall the rotund figure of Al Roker. He recognized what his weight threatened to do his future health and what his image conveyed to his audience. He did more than just come up with excuses of “Stop bullying me” or “That’s the way it is.” He did and continues to provide an image of value while making sure that any future medical issues he may encounter are minimally caused by being grossly obese.
Babs October 04, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Al Roker Pearls of Wisdom Like many morbidly obese people, Roker got plenty of advice from every quarter about his need to lose weight. But during a later segment he did with Curry and TODAY’s Natalie Morales, he said fat people do not respond to prodding. “You can nag, you can cajole, you can browbeat — it doesn’t really matter,” Roker said. “It may even make it worse. We know we’re fat. We don’t need you to tell us. We know that, and when we’re ready to change, we’re going to change, so stop bothering us.”
Kevin George October 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
And that was a free will, personal decision by Mr. Roker. It had nothing to do with you or your opinion. Tell me, if Mr. Roker decided to base jump off the Empire State Bldg or be shot out of a cannon would you be willing to tell him he couldn't because it would endanger his life? Take it alex.
Babs October 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
To K George, The byline to this 'article' is, " ...she is aware she is overweight but bullying is never OK." One of things people do, whether they think it's OK to base jump or not, is to rationalize personal choices and to divert the topic from what is being said to what they want to say. Politicians do it all the time. Ask one question and they answer a completely different unasked question. In this case, the issue was and remains, "presenting a valid role model" and the issue answered is, "Don't bully me." The first issue remains on the table and everyone is dealing the hula hoop of the day: the second issue, which is in of itself valid, but sidesteps the valid concern. By the way, I would like to see Roker shot out of a cannon, might be fun to watch.
Kevin George October 04, 2012 at 09:41 PM
So it is the role model thing to you? That is huge kettle of fish, are you sure you want to go there?
Babs October 04, 2012 at 09:52 PM
To K George, The biggest "bully pulpit" presented so far is the one she stood on to "not go there." Instead, like a good politician, she chose to use her prominent bully pulpit to pontificate on a separate, yet valid issue. It's not OK to bully me, she said and ignored the question. Funny how Roker's advice still stands. Like all addicts, things can change only if you want to change. It would have been better, more pointed and valuable to use that "bully pulpit" of hers to address the question posited rather than the offence she thinks she got. By the way, I do like fish stew. Are you offering?
Batman October 04, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Why is this an issue for us? If the TV station's ratings drop because of her they'll replace her in a heartbeat. If the ratings go up she might get a raise. Let them deal with it.
Beeswax October 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
You have no idea if she is an addict. Maybe she has a medical condition or maybe she just really likes to eat. Either way, it really isn't any concern of ours what she chooses to do with her body. She's an adult and will live with whatever choices she makes. If she's happy and fulfilled in her life, then who are you to say that she should change?
Kevin George October 04, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I am Portuguese and make a good one, but that's another story. But does that mean you are saying that she is role model and therefor subject to the wrath of the calorie police.
alexpinca October 04, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Maybe we should make a law that says fat people can't go out in public...how about that Babs...would that make you happy?
Babs October 04, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Who should say there is change necessary? No one is suggesting that an addict change anything. The topic, again, for those that constantly change it to something other than the topic is: role model. For those that infer what has not been implied or stated here's something to consider. addict: To occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively (like food). And, batman (assuming there are no estrogen loaded responders here) you are correct, sort of, the issue of bullying whether from a visible pulpit or not is valid, the true issue here is just as valid and it is everyone's beeswax.
Kevin George October 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM
So she is a bad role model because she is obese and obesity kills. 18,000 Americans died of AIDS last year.
alexpinca October 05, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Everyday about 15 people are killed and hundreds injured on the nations highways due to distracted driving. Many of those are attributed to texting while driving. If any of those who are blogging about the role model of an overweight newscaster have ever texted while driving...remember "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
alexpinca October 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Babs, your logic is tenuous at best, it presumes that the question asked was valid, appropriate and inoffensive...if it was invalid, inappropriage or offensive, people have the right to say "stuff it".
Babs October 05, 2012 at 01:51 AM
End of Discussion. Well stated, but as most comments here - totally off subject. Q.E.D.
alexpinca October 06, 2012 at 04:25 AM
No Babs...not off subject...just goes to the old axiom...he who is without sin.........


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