You may have seen the video where WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston responds to a viewer complaint about her weight. In her response, Livingston thanks those who have come to her support. She encourages people to speak against bullying and to think about what they say in front of kids.
What she does not say? Jennifer Livingston does not apologize for her size. Livingston acknowledges her size and does not try to justify or explain it. No “I’m working on it.” No “I’ve tried to change it.” She doesn’t even point out that being fat is not a “habit”.* Her size is her size. No apology.
I loved that she did not get teary. I loved that she spoke strongly and positively about herself and against bullying. But the fact that she did not apologize or justify her weight struck me the most.
*As the Academy for Eating Disorders put it, “Weight is not a behavior and therefore not an appropriate target for behavior modification.” Weight is also not a “habit”.