Wisconsin anchor: Viewer criticizing her weight a 'bully'

UPDATE: Viewer stands by criticism of Wisconsin news anchor http://bit.ly/ODrXv7

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A television anchorwoman in western Wisconsin says a man who wrote her an email criticizing her weight is a bully.

Jennifer Livingston responded to the email Tuesday morning during a 4-minute segment on WKBT-TV in La Crosse. She's telling young viewers not to allow bullies to define their self-worth.

Livingston didn't identify the man, who wrote that he was surprised to see her physical condition hadn't improved for years. He wrote that he hopes she doesn't consider herself a suitable example for young people, especially girls.

Viewer email:

Hi Jennifer,
It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years. 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.

Livingston says she thought nothing of the email. But she's angry that some children may not know to do the same when they're criticized, or worse, by bullies.

She's urging children who get picked on not to let bullies define them.

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Watch Livingston's response in the video player below.

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