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TV news anchor criticized for her weight, responds to 'bully'

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Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston is making national headlines after she publicly responded to a hurtful email she received from a viewer.

In the email, the man criticized her weight.

He wrote, "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. I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle."

Jennifer addressed the man's comments on her morning show and made one thing very clear; the man had no idea what he was talking about.

"You don't know me. You're not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family. And, you have admitted you don't watch this show. So, you know nothing about me except what you see on the outside. And, I am much more than a number on a scale," she said.

The video has been shared, liked, and viewed millions of times, including our 13 News Facebook page.

Wendy Potts wrote, "I think she put that bully right where they need to be. She took something negative and turned it into an educational event for all to learn from.; hope it does some good."

Jillian Burns felt the same way. She said, "I think she was awesome. No matter what, you will always have jerks and people who can't deal with their own issues so they pick on others to feel better."

Dr. David Clayman, clinical and forensic psychologist, said Livingston's response is something people can relate to.

"The response of the millions of people suggest that we identify with her. We identify with her in the sense that none of us want to be attacked. None of us want to be victims. None of us want to feel like something is the matter with us," he said.

Livingston said she chose to address the situation and reach out to other people, especially children, who are ridiculed and picked on.

"Listen to me right now. Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies. Learn from my experience that the cruel words of one are nothing compared to the shouts of many," she said.

Livingston said the support from viewers and strangers has been tremendous.