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Bully Calls News Anchor Fat, News Anchor Responds

Is it ever acceptable to comment on someone’s weight? Is there a difference if it’s a friend or family member, versus someone you don’t know? And how would you respond, if you were the recipient of the comment?

Source: Jennifer Livingston, WKBT.

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4:47AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Now she will surely start working out

10:44AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

He never used the word fat

9:37AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Some people should take a good long look in the mirror before even having the nerve to think they can judge another person's appearance .What gives them the right?They won't be perfect either!

8:52AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Define "fat"...

Everyone is different and has different perspective/opinions...

Kudos to Shane C & Martha N responses!

3:56PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Agree with Maureen.

2:27PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Shane C,
Such a well-phrased response! Thank you!

8:09AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Some observations:
The lady is, admittedly, fat. If you read the original email carefully you will notice more passion that vitriol. I believe that the original was motivated by real concern for the health of not only the original recipient but other easily influenced individuals.

That having been said, it is more than slightly obvious that the author of the email needs to acquire more than a little skill in tact. While it is a brutal fact that obesity has been escalated to epidemic proportions and threatens to kill many, beating someone over the head with a stick, either literal or figurative, will accomplish nothing.

For personal reasons I can appreciate the problems faced by people who do not fit into what we believe the "ideal" to be but attack will only result in defense, not solution.

3:13AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Good for her taking care of herself!

9:13AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Why do people think they have the right to judge and "measure" others as if they were perfect? Who am I to judge other people behavior, looks or taste? I hate bullies. I´ve met plenty of them while in junior high and the best way to deal with them is ignoring them. They are not worth your time nor your thoughts.

7:52AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Heidi - we all should care. When 'everyone' cares no longer, then we have a much more serious problem in this country than already is clearly evident.

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