Overweight anchor: ‘It’s not a weight issue.’

Jennifer Livingston, the La Crosse, Wis., TV anchor who fought back on the air against an emailer who objected to her weight, made the TV talk-show circuit today, a day after her video response went viral (and I wrote about it here).

The most interesting new point she made was that she invited Kenneth Krausse, the La Crosse man who sent the email, onto her show to discuss what he wrote. He demurred.

“It’s not a weight issue,” she said on CBS this morning. “It’s about bullying.”

Krause isn’t backing off. 

“Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept.”

Meanwhile, WKBT reports the issue has hit home for many families.