I worry that this bullying thing is going to be used the wrong way. People are saying some really mean things about the letter writer, but if you believe that people can control their weight and that being very heavy is worse than being normal weight, then he doesn't deserve this level of vitriol. The letter itself was written relatively politely. It just seem like in many cases who is being bullied isn't so clear (the man who sent a polite letter meant to be read by a single person, or the masses publicly flaming him). In this case both she and he are successful adults, but in the case of children I hope we are very careful to make sure that we don't punish a victim of bullying for responding. I have a feeling that when the generation now in schools grows up, we will hear lots of stories of kids being tormented by classmates in private, responding in public, and then being punished for bullying. It's such a hard issue to address, but people should certainly not be reacting with the level of vitriol toward the letter writer that I have seen on some other sites.
At best, the letter is harassing - the letter writer says that "as a community service and as a role model (especially for girls)" the anchor needs to be slimmer.
In what way do you consider that polite or appropriate?
Women across the US are fighting to achieve a healthy body image, no matter their weight. Girls are being told through television *all the time* that their weight and their looks determine their options, and sometimes their character.
This <I have no words> is actively attempting to foster that view.
That may be acceptable behavior in other places, but there is no place for that behavior in the US.
This anchor is demonstrating by her life and career that one's weight does not make one less articulate, less well informed, or less presentable to the general public.
The <> would have her believe that she has a civic duty to hide away until she loses weight.