LACROSSE, Wisc. - WKBT-TV morning news anchor Jennifer Livingston is the first one to admit she overweight. It is something she deals with daily. However, it is the e-mail she received from a viewer regarding her size that crossed the line.
The viewer wrote: "I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years. Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular."
The e-mail continued that losing weight was her responsibility as "a local public personality" to "promote a healthy lifestyle."
Livingston's husband, a fellow anchor, posted the e-mail online. That is when it went viral. Hundreds of people writing Jennifer in support of her.
Tuesday morning Livingston took more than four minutes of her morning newscast to respond to the e-mail and thank those who have supported her.
She noted the viewer's words mean nothing to her, but added there are children that don't know any better and they must be taught using the internet to bully others is wrong.
Watch Jennifer's touching on-air response below or at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJ2jHii6Y0 .
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