Jennifer Livingston’s brave move to stand up to her bully live on air with a four-minute editorial on CBS affiliate WKBT has sparked a new weighty debate over health and fitness.
Many believe that what Livingston did was right, but she has also attracted some detractors.
Leading bariatric¬†doctor, Dr. Carson Liu, is one of them and he makes his argument¬†on why he takes an exception to Livingston‚Äôs claims of bullying.
‚ÄúYes. I am a cold heartless surgeon, he tells¬†Celebzter. “That’s what my brother thought when I nagged him since 1995 to lose weight before he dies a slow and painful death. He is 48 years old now and diabetes has taken its toll. After all those pills, they switched him to insulin, which creates hunger, and his weight sky rocketed to 398#. Now his doctors have tried to defibrillated¬†his heart. He is having congestive heart failure with atrial fibrillation and he requires Warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent a stroke. BTW, Warfarin is from Wisconsin and originally used as rat poison.”
“He is always the victim and too busy to take care of his weight,” he adds.¬†”Stand up and do something….walking and eating healthy things is a good place to start.
“I apologize if I sound like I am bullying the majority of America since 2/3 of the US is overweight. We need to take better care of ourselves as this is the main reason why medical costs are spiraling out of control. We are eating ourselves to a state of illness.‚ÄĚ
Meanwhile, the man who¬†propelled this issue into the spotlight, Kenneth Krause, has added insult to injury by challenging Livingston to lose weight.
The¬†personal injury lawyer Kenneth Krause, pictured below, issued an unrepentant defence of his email.
He wrote: “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’ll¬† 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 her any advice or support she would be willing to¬† accept.”