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    News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    I saw this posted on pinterest today and I found it interesting. An overweight female news anchor responds on air to a letter she received from a viewer. The viewer claims she is a bad example to the community and especially young girls because she chooses to be overweight. I had a few thoughts immediately after watching this, and they are as follows.

    1. Yes, she does look overweight. Being overweight is not healthy.
    2. Are the overweight men at this station receiving the same flack for being overweight? (This is in Wisconsin, you know she's not the only overweight person there Probably not.
    3. Should her personal health decisions and struggles be up for public debate? Does this woman owe us her health?
    4. Is she really a bad role model for young girls? And if so, should we let all of the teachers, coaches, babysitters, daycare workers who actually spend time with our young girls know that a prerequisite for their job be that they not be fat?
    5. My last thought after reading the comments on youtube was that there definitely is a culture of bullying fat people. People seem to think that those in the public eye owe us their good looks, especially women. If a woman is not attractive, we get actual anger from the viewers. "How DARE she not act as a decoration for my viewing pleasure??" I don't think this is really about health, because we don't see the same outrage from the public when someone in the public eye is too thin and looks unhealthy, or smokes, uses drugs, or talks about their love of fattening foods. There are special rules for how we are allowed to criticize when someone is fat.


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    News Anchor Jennifer Livingston On Air Response to Fat Shamer | Healthy Is The New Skinny

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    there are all kinds of mean people out there. the best thing that you can do is to not be one of them.

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    Sad to say but it really may be a case where the same standards could be applied as would be legal for a Vegas show girl. Local news anchors are nothing more than fronts and are obviously picked with looks as the primary concern in most markets. We have two on the local morning news I think of as "the shallow sisters". Today, they were unable over a two hour period to come up with the name of the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" even with the help of the weatherman who started the search by incorrectly singing a verse. If you are in a superficial profession, you are going to be judged by superficial standards. I would never want my daughter emulating or using these people as role models anyway.

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    Chubby girl should have a Twinkie and chill the **** out...

    (I kid!!! I kid!!!)

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Chubby girl should have a Twinkie and chill the **** out...

    (I kid!!! I kid!!!)
    Wow, hypocritical about being a bigot in two threads at one time.

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki97 View Post
    Wow, hypocritical about being a bigot in two threads at one time.
    I think I struck a nerve twice! Look...its OK...I have friends that are fat...

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    I think I struck a nerve twice! Look...its OK...I have friends that are fat...
    I'm sure you have plenty that are hypocritical troll bigots also.

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    News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki97 View Post
    I'm sure you have plenty that are hypocritical troll bigots also.
    I wouldn't call us 'friends'. I barely know you...

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    I wouldn't call us 'friends'. I barely know you...
    Which most people would realize meant I was referring to other persons. You are also incorrect once more, you don't know me at all.

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    Re: News Anchor's on Air Response to Fat Shaming

    She absolutely made a huge mistake by responding to this. By doing so she elevated what was a crank letter to being a debatable issue that ultimately may affect her employability in the future.

    As far as content, it's a crank letter, stupid on all counts and solely about the pet peeves, miscomprehensions and insecurities of the author.

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