WKBT news anchor reponds to nasty viewer email about her weight
A WKBT News 8 This Morning Anchor received a cruel letter from a viewer about her weight.
Jennifer Livingston received a letter from Kenneth W. Krause about her weight, so she decided to respond to the letter on air.
“I have never gone in the public and said I was a shining example of what your health should be,” Livingston told TODAY Wednesday. “And I have never said girls should aspire to have a body like mine.”
She also stated, “When you attack somebody on a level that is personal, it’s not fair.”
Krause wrote: “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.”
Livingston stated on air “You can call me fat, and yes, even obese on a doctor’s chart.” She also stated, “If you are at home and you are talking about the fat news lady, guess what, your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat.”
“I can deal with being called fat … with being called obese,” she told TODAY‘s Savannah Guthrie. ”It was calling me a bad role model that rubbed me the wrong way, and not only a bad role model for our community, but for young girls, in particular.”
Krause responded to Jennifer’s video with this statement, “Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept.”