TV Anchor's Viral Video a Case of Bullying?

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A recent Youtube video of Wisconsin TV morning anchor defending her weight has gotten more than 5 million hits this week.

It all started when Jennifer Livingston received an email from a viewer criticizing her weight.

"Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular," the emailer wrote.

Livingston's husband, also an anchor at the station, posted the note on Facebook, prompting an outpouring of support for his wife.

On-air Tuesday, Livingston went after the viewer, calling him a bully.

"The truth is, I am overweight, you can call me fat and, yes, maybe even obese on a doctor's chart," she said on air. "But to the person that wrote me that letter, do you think I don't know that your cruel words are pointing out something that I don't see. You don't know me."

"You are not a friend of mine," she continued. "You are not a part of my family and you have admitted that you don't watch the show so you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside and I am much more than just a number on a scale."

Later on ABC's "Good Morning America," Livingston said the viewer probably thought he was being helpful.

"He doesn't see that the way he approached it was clearly hurtful to me," Livingston said. "He's trying to shame me into losing weight. That's not being helpful--that's being a bully."

Or is it? One viewer wrote on Livingston's husband's facebook page, "You and Jennifer are the far worse bullies in this case by being mean to the writer of a constructive email."

Was this bullying? Dr. Linda Mintle, author of Raising Healthy Kids in an Unhealthy World, spoke more about the issues in this case, on CBN Newswatch, Oct. 4.

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Dr. Linda Mintle

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