Fat-Shaming Bully Responds to News Anchor's Courage With More Cruelty (VIDEO)

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jennifer livingston wkbtJust when it looked like perhaps Lady Gaga was the only strong woman in the spotlight speaking out about the ever-present dangers of bullying ... along came La Crosse, Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston! The overnight heroine is making headlines for firing back at a local man named Kenneth Krause, who claimed to be "concerned" about the "message" Jennifer is sending to the community by being "obese." (He also seemed to feel she was doing a specific disservice to "young girls" ... which is just plain sexist and sick.) In other words, he was fat-shaming Jennifer. But as a mom of three girls, she wasn't going to stand for it.

The support for Jennifer has been absolutely incredible! And being that it became such a suddenly major, national story, Jennifer's network, WKBT, did a follow-up, in which Jennifer sat down for a Q&A ... and they extended an offer to Krause to submit a follow-up statement. Check out what he had to say for himself ...

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His statement is at the end of this segment (around 4:10), but of course you'll want to see what Jennifer had to say in the interview that comes first ...

Wow. Can you BELIEVE this guy?! After hearing what Jennifer had to say, that is what he comes up with? Saying he hopes she'll "transform herself over the the next year"? Excuse me? What a total douche.

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Sadly, Krause's narrow-minded, prejudiced perspective is an attitude disease we have in this country. Yes, we have an obesity epidemic, but far too many people seem to miss one of the incredibly valuable points Jennifer Livingston made, which is that when it comes to weight, we cannot judge a book by its cover.

The idea that an overweight -- or even obese by a doctor's chart standards -- person could be at the same time in perfectly acceptable health, even BETTER health than a "skinny" peer is one of those health anomalies that positively confounds people. Just like how looking at a thin woman, you might never guess that she has 30 percent body fat, because she eats like crap and just happens to have a Road Runner-fast metabolism. You might not think she suffers from high blood sugar and is at risk for type 2 diabetes because she guzzles gallons of soda every day.

On the other hand, I know plenty of women who look like Jennifer Livingston who happen to steer clear of junk, eat organic whole foods, understand portion control, and exercise, but whose genes simply will not allow for them to look like stick figures. Women who, on paper, might be 100 times healthier than someone who on the outside looks the part of the Fitter Woman. Medical research even proves it.

Still, people can't wrap their heads around the idea of the words "overweight" and "healthy" going together. Well, consider the wise words of The Fat Nutritionist: "Fat doesn’t equal lazy or ugly or even, necessarily, unhealthy." When people like Kenneth Krause start getting that through their thick skulls, we might finally begin to make some progress with not just the health care challenges we're facing in this country, but the gratuitous weight-shaming that has nothing to do with a concern for health and everything to do with discrimination, intolerance, and hate.

How do you feel about Krause's follow-up statement? Do you believe it's possible to be overweight and healthy?


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Simpl... Simply_Janeen

YES! This is exactly it! This is the message that needs to get out there! It's NOT the number on the scale, there is SO MUCH more to health than that! A person can be healthy at ANY size, in fact, that is the whole concept of Health At Every Size. Yes, there are habits that people need to stay clear of if health is important to them but that is the case whether you are 100 lbs or 300 lbs. There is more to what a person weighs than calories in vs calories out. We need to look at it through evolutionary terms too. Our bodies are designed to SURVIVE. Those who gained weight easier and kept the weight on were more likely to survive than those who did not. Our environment may have changed, we may not need that ability to hang on to weight as we have in the past but our bodies have not changed. Keep in mind too that people have also gotten taller than they have in generations past. I'm NOT saying everyone who is overweight/obese is healthy but I'm also saying that to assume that everyone who is overweight/obese is unhealthy is wrong. And to judge a person based on their looks is even more wrong whether it is by the color of their skin or how much they weigh.

Simpl... Simply_Janeen

Lauren, pictures that are going around Facebook of this guy show that he's on the buff side in a similar way to Bob from The Biggest Loser. Thing is, there are people out there who are pure unadulterated fat-phobes. I know one in my life personally and it's really hard to deal with him at all because he is obsessed about EVERYONE'S weight, even those most would see as skinny, he would see as being fat just because they have a slight belly or love handles. It's really disturbing and I think this guy may be the same way. He made a lot of assumptions about Jennifer, not knowing anything about her, just made these assumptions because she wasn't thin.

nonmember avatar krelia

Between the first and second message, I actually thought this random person was rather "mature" in his wording of what he was trying to say. I think the response from the anchor was a bit overblown to be honest.

nonmember avatar Christie

I think that people should not worry about what another person does unless it directly impacts them, that includes equal marriage rights, etc.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

The guy sounds like a class A douche bag. I'm overweight, and healtheir than most of my "skinny" friends. Why? Because I eat healthy foods, not junk. Because I excercise, not sit on the couch relying on my high metabolism. Because I drink tea and water not soda. This dude needs to grow a couple brain cells. 

nonmember avatar Mandy

how was he being mature? He is making statements about a women that he admittedly knows nothing about and says that just because she is overweight she is unhealthy. He has no knowledge of her lifestyle or eating habits. He knows nothing about her medical history. He knows nothing about her. He is making statements about someone that he knows nothing about based upon her looks. He is trying to shame her into a healthy lifestyle without knowing if she has a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. That is bullying pure and simple

nonmember avatar gg

Let me guess Mr Kraus? You have the face of Carey Grant and the body of Brad Pitt and your married to a super model right? Yes Ms. Livingston is a large ( Educated)woman but it takes a small person to be mean. Also if you are not a certified nutritionist or a medical physician how do you think you are qualified to give Ms.Livingston advice on anything. I would love to get a glimpse of you, I hope anyone out there with a photo of you posts it on line. Perhaps a spoonful of your own medicine will make you think twice before posting cruel derogatory comments about woman's physique. My Mother brought me up with good manners and always told me if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all! You are just symptomatic of today's society mean with no manners!

tbruc... tbrucemom

Why is it the First Lady can stick her nose into kid's eating habits so they don't become obese but it's not OK to call out an adult for being obese? She's not be discriminated against since she is a news anchor, which honestly is surprising considering they're usually all about hiring someone who's "hot" and don't really care about their skills. FYI, I'm not obese but I probably would be considered overweight so I'm not some fat shaming skinny chick I just would like to know why it's ok to interfere with parent's choices and adult's choices (no large sodas in NYC) but it's not ok to say someone is obese and they should lose weight. As far as healthy skinny vs. overweight, I agree a skinny person isn't necessarily healthy and an overweight person isn't necessarily unheathy, but there is a better chance that the heavier you are the more unheathy you are. Also, there's a big difference between overweight and obese. You can't tell me someone that's obese eats only healthy foods and gets enough exercise. She may not look like a "stick figure" but she wouldn't be as heavy as she is.

nonmember avatar Mandy

It is possible to be healthy and obese. There is a difference between healthy eating and being obese. They are connected but there are reasons why someone can be healthy and obese. I believe in this woman's case she has a thyroid disorder therefore her body is fighting her. She also runs marathons. She may eat healthy but her body won't lose the weight. The fact that people don't understand the difference between obesity and healthy living is the reason Michelle Obama is out there fighting for healthy eating choices and education

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