Kenneth Krause, personal injury lawyer, wrote letter to Jennifer Livingston calling her obese [PHOTO]

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Ken Krause is an anti-obesity crusader. At least he has the physique to back it up.
The day after her four minute-plus on-air diatribe against a man who called her obese made headlines, La Crosse TV anchor Jennifer Livingston found herself on "CBS This Morning" today.

SEE ALSO: Jennifer Livingston, La Crosse TV anchor, responds on air to man who called her obese [VIDEO]

Livingston revealed that she challenged personal injury lawyer Kenneth Krause, the man who wrote the email expressing surprise that Livingston's "physical condition hasn't improved for many years," to come on the air and talk about it face-to-face with her. Unfortunately, Krause declined.

Brian Simpson, a friend of Livingston's who works for "The Morning Sickness" radio show on La Crosse's 95.7 FM,  has also invited Krause to come on the show "and talk about his hatred for people who are a bit overweight."

"I sure hope [Krause's] wife, Michele, doesn't pack on a few pounds.....who knows what he'd do to her," Simpson writes in a Facebook post.

For Livingston (she's actually the sister of Office Space star Ron Livingston), the issue Krause's letter raised was primarily about bullying. But Krause views himself as some sort of public health crusader, as he makes plain in a statement he issued after the story went national.

Here's some of what he said:
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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.
During the CBS interview, Jennifer said she's struggled with her weight since she started having children a decade ago.

"If I could snap my fingers to be a size that I don't have to shop on the plus size rack that would be great, but I'm not ashamed of myself," Livingstone said during the CBS interview. "Talk to me about the stories I cover, not the way I look."

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dougjeffreys
dougjeffreys

No surprise that Kenneth Krause is an egotisical jerk. Most people place Personal Injury Lawyers about one step below child-molesters.

scottzissman
scottzissman

OK, here is the sad part. I grew up with him (then called Kenny) 30+ years ago in Illinois, and he was truly a great guy.

 

His mother...(not sure if she is still around)...was a sweetheart and a HUGE woman. Kind of makes you think whether she died of complications of being overweight (causing a crusade of some sort, inappropriately expressed in my feelings)...or maybe a hatred of his mother for some unknown reason.

 

I know he was taught to be nice, as well as his brother. Good family, and I'd be greatly interested in why he has turned out like this, singling people out. Factual or not, it was not a specifically 'nice' way to approach a complete stranger with his unasked opinion. I'm not disputing any health reasons or her weight issues,  just it's a shame he had to give such an unsolicited opinion. I am quite sure she did not wake up one morning, and yell, "oh my god, I'm fat?!? How can I go on TV? Fat people shouldn't be on TV!!" (tell that to Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, John Belushi, and a whole list of A-list celebrities that are still successful regardless of bad mail and waist size.).

 

He is right about health, just not necessarily expressed it well. Her being overweight will not force anyone that regularly views her to start a full diet at McDonalds unless they were already predisposed to it. This really is a non-issue, just one man who apparently grew to feel that it is his lot in life to give opinions to strangers. Usually this is done by people who feel they need to be heard because no one else will listen.

mikal_dmon
mikal_dmon

Looks like he has room to talk..It would also frustrate me having a fit  body, he works very hard for, and see someone like that "let themselves go" You wanted us in your healthcare, you got it!

SunnyBunny
SunnyBunny

 @starrfillednights200 your misconceptions amaze me - Factually Mississippi is the most overweight state - not WI. Maybe you should work on your education & intelligence level before you post comments anywhere, as it only makes everyone else aware of your inadequacies

ElTocinoMaldito
ElTocinoMaldito

Only in America are the girls that try to keep themselves at a healthy weight are told they're 'unhealthy' and starving themselves, while the ones that don't are told that they are perfect just the way they are. 

Praxiteles
Praxiteles

Why was it bullying?

 

It was bullying because he tried to shame her. 

 

He could have just offered to help.  He could have empathized and said he used to struggle with weight himself.  He could have shared all the successes he has had with others.

 

Instead, he assumed that she wasn't trying to lose weight.  He assumed she was proud of her weight.  He assumed she had little concern about how she serves as a role model.  Even more than that - he tried to make her feel shame about it.

 

All of us had had failures.  All of us have had things on which we are working.  All of his have fallen short of our goals at some point - but in the  midst of our struggles - someone lowering our self esteem makes that struggle harder.  Instead of kicking people when they are down - you offer to help them up. 

 

Bully's victimize and shame. 

 

If he had left out the shaming - imagine the story of a athletic guy who offered to help and she took it.

 

This could have been a different story altogether.

 

 

 

 

pstraughan
pstraughan

Kenneth Krause has alot of nerve to talk about anyone.  Have you seen what he looks like?????

 

verow75
verow75

BTW, the letter was written eloquently and send to her personally, not in an open forum!

verow75
verow75

I side with Ken! Obesity is a problem and everyone is tip toeing to this issue with lame excuses. Stop making excuses from "I am big boned", "I have health issues" etc. I had health issues too! From pre-diabetic (my glucose was through the roof), but I always was active (bike riding, weights, etc.), but realized the the food was the culprit! I was lactose intolerant and glucose intolerant! Now? A size 6 or small, and no health issues! That's right, I am no longer pre-diabetic as my glucose went down from 120 to 81. There are no excuses!

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

"I Side With Kenneth Krause."  I live in WI. Sadly!  I am originally from NJ.We are straight shooters. I am an over weight woman. I don't and won't defend that position because we are a nation of the most over weight people. WI. has factually the most over weight people. Defending this woman defends this life style and makes it okay to be obese. She obviously won't be around long to see her kids get married and her grand kids with her attitude and defensiveness about being obese. She is indeed without a doubt.. teaching her children and yes... those who watch her that it is healthy to be obese. This woman is sadly beyond... over weight. She is obese. People can and will continue to utilize freedom of speech letters and talk in order to get messages across. It is our Constitutional right. She is not about to take that away from anyone. He is a lawyer. Not some moron.  He knows his rights and it was not against the law. He was not a stalker, pervert, hater, or commiting a hate or violent act against her in his words in his letter. Her husband threw the first punch here and over reacted. Sure he it was defensive. I had a letter sent to me when I was thin and teaching a dance class. I could have boldly and easily read the letter out loud. But... I did not for one want to call attention to it. It was done and said in private. This man did not go on television and make her look like a fool in front of the world. No one but this woman and whomever she shared the letter with knew about it.  She lashed out of anger and retaliated. It has now.. made her the poster lady for making being obese acceptable. What  a great message for kids.  It is not healthy or a healthy life style. In WI. it is acceptable and wide spread to be obese and be hired as such.  This man was doing his job as a citizen he thought to spread awareness and if he could reach out to one person ... he has done his part. Not many people are as bold and brave as he was. Theoretically... she is a fat slob. He should have went on the show and defended himself. Being an attorney.. I am sure he could have won this debate. WI. can continue to grow in size... thanks to her.  She is linking her bully antics by devulging the letter on televison, with the bullying that is done on the play ground. Family and friends don't always tell you the truth. Her attitude clearly demonstrated that you can't give this woman constructive critism.  She can't take it!      Sadly.    This man did nothing wrong.  She did.  She is... and continues to be a poor role model. Quite frankly... if she is that big, she should have chosen another occupation. Television cameras put weight on you to begin with.  She would not last five minutes with Jillian Michael's or in Hollywood. No way... No how!   She also could have gotten killed. WI. people are not known for their intelligence or creativity. They are behind in many ways. She is ignorant to the fact that Gabby Giffords situation could have been her own. 

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @SunnyBunny It is a fact that WI is one of the fattest states. There were other states involved in this statistic. It was awhile ago and I did not write down the others. I just remember the one I sadly live in.  Secondly .. Shut The F Up you poor excuse for a MORON that you already apparently proved you are!

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @ElTocinoMaldito @ Are you American?  Because America is over weight. It is all over the news.  This woman by far.........is not over weight. She is considered morbidly obese.

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @verow75 I agree. Lawyers do go to school and learn to write eloquently. She is the idiot here.. not him. She is the bully not him. Some people should not be on television and are. Some should not have kids and do. She is a fine example of both.

LexilCorp
LexilCorp

 @verow75 so he was a personal asshole? Wow, thanks for pointing that out- no go check your gluten and your mox before you go to the bitch parade. 

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @verow75 I think the saddest part besides the fact she is now known as "The Obese Anchor Woman, lol.. is the fact that she promotes constructive critism for losing weight as bullying?  ROFL>..maybe to someone like her it's bullying. I should email her.  She is a disgrace. But... she stated in a blog on line "Her Haters" ROFL.... I pity her. I doubt someone like her with her mentality has haters. Maybe...she can get on "The Biggest Losers" with Jillian Michaels or go on Dr. Ozz who will flat out tell her she is obese and needs to do something.

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @verow75 YEP! Exactly.  No one but her and her producer, and husband knew of this letter. She exposed it to make some personal agenda point she felt entitled to make and show him... HA HA.  WI people aren't too bright at all to be honest. I am a transplant. Hopefully... moving when I can afford to do so. This woman needs a smack.

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @verow75 Try telling the idiot Mommy this. She thinks it is just me disagreeing . I wish Ken himself could come on here and give a Constitution lesson about freedom of speech. No one here gets it. LOL. WOW>

LexilCorp
LexilCorp

 @verow75 doesn't matter what size you are. And you're right- there are no excuses--- especially for you being a b@tch.

minty
minty

I hope that you realize that as many as 10% of women suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome.  What is more, 50% of women with PCOS have hormone issues that lead to obesity that is extremely difficult to bring under control.  That means that 5% of women - such as your mom, your sister, your aunt - are fat and all of the diets and exercise in the world can't fix it.  Unfortunately, it seems like your lack of sympathy and your fatphobia can't be fixed, either. @verow75 

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @verow75 Congrats on you taking your health into consideration and doing something positive about it. That takes guts and courage unlike what she did. What she did only takes a big mouth! Should could have been killed if this man had a gun as well. Maybe then we wouldn't be having this conversation that is actually... spreading obese awareness. WI. is filled with ignorant fatties like her.

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @verow75 I totally agree with you and thank you.. for your email. As with my email... unlike the moron below.. who thinks this woman was the bomb for saying this and speaking her bold obese promoting mind, I agree. If and only if this woman was intelligent and mature enough to take this letter to heart, perhaps she would do something about her health before she is dead.

mommy1972
mommy1972

 @starrfillednights200  I read and reread your comments three times because I couldnt belive what I was reading.  I fail to see how you can say that this man did nothing wrong.  He is a pompous, condesending,  narccisitic moron as are you.  How is he doing his job as a citizen??  A citizen of what, judgmentville??    So let me get this straight, if you are less than asthetically pleasing to the eye, your vocational choices are limited???  Your views are the reason why people are pigeon holed into stereotypes.  I feel bad for you.  And, no, I am not a fat person.

vizslamommy
vizslamommy

 @starrfillednights200

You're a fu*king idiot! "She is ignorant to the fact that Gabby Giffords situation could have been her own" Really? REALLY? Where on earth did you come up with that correlation? Go back to NJ - Wisconsin is too good for you.

studentmurse
studentmurse

@starrfillednights200 @SunnyBunny Per the CDC you are ill-informed. Despite the Cheesy reputation, 27 states have a larger proportion of obese adults.

ps It took this "moron" about thirty second to google the true facts. Go Bucky!

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @ElTocinoMaldito  @Praxiteles He may have shamed her.. and spoke his mind. But.. I agree, he did this privately. He did not.. hang a banner of her over weight self up for the world to see.. in the way she made a fool of herself getting even like a child with him. If he was a killer she would be dead for making him mad. So .. stupid of her. Look at Gabby Gifford.

LexilCorp
LexilCorp

 @starrfillednights200  @verow75 Starrfillednightslefthand200 you are such a hero. You should email her from your email account- micropenisdonttell@theverybiggestLOSER.com

Kylen
Kylen

 @starrfillednights200  @verow75 "Freedom of speech" means that that the *government* can't punish you for speaking out, but it doesn't mean you get to say anything you want without fear of reprisal.  If citizen A makes an asshat statement and citizen B calls him/her out on it or deletes his/her comment, or bans him/her from the living room/bar/website, that's social interaction.   There's no protection or excuse for bad manners.

verow75
verow75

 @starrfillednights200 Truth hurts! They prefer to be obese and sick all their life instead of taking care of their own health. And of course name calling is the only way they can express their frustration. I feel sorry for these people!

verow75
verow75

 @minty Did you know that the majority of us are gluten intolerant, but we don't want to give up our pizzas and pastas? I had health problems during my obesity. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. There is no excuse to be obese! There are people with no arms and legs that put me to shame, as they do triathlons! On another note, I am so looking forward for studies coming out in relation to processed crap our government subsidies for, (corn, soy, wheat, etc) and have caused our health problems. I have no sympathy for people who  make excuses to be obese, and no I have no obesophobia. To tell you the truth, I eat more fat than you, and guess what, I am still lean! Why? Because we, Americans, have a misconception between good and bad fats. Did you know the vegetable oil you use everyday is very bad for you? I would recommend you coconut oil or even butter. Why? Because those two fats are easier for your body to dissolve while you workout, and vegetable oil only turns into transfat in your body. There are no excuses to better yourself!

ElTocinoMaldito
ElTocinoMaldito

 @minty  @verow75 Think of it this way: Fat is nothing more than stored energy, about 3500 calories worth in every pound of it. The only way you can store said energy is if it is both 1. taken into the body, and 2. insufficiently burned off or excreted as waste. While hormones and other bodily issues can affect how much energy is stored, it can only be stored if it's there to begin with, and how it gets there has far more to do with your mental issues rather than with your physical one. In short, she more than likely has little to no self control when it comes to eating, even when she's trying to control herself. 

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @minty  @verow75 @   First Of All Idiot..... your statement shows your "Clueless!"  Jennifer blames it on her thyroid issues.. not polycystic ovary syndrome. Secondly... many women, not just Jennifer, can blame their weight on a number of health problems. The truth is, when a health problem is properly managed and dealt with, the weight issues do resolve themselves. It is only when a person does not choose to address and correct those issues that the weight can stay on. Also... I have a friend and her mom who absolutely were obese for 20 something years each. Finally... both decided they want to live for themselves , kids and grand kids. Sure.... some people don't care to die and leave their kids and family behind. Because... IF they did there is lap band and gastric bipass procedures. Both of which my friends sister and mother had.  When all else fails there are always alternative ways to get healthy. When you just don't care... it shows.. and you risk having a shorter life bottom line. The truth and facts hurt. I rather someone tell me .. even a stranger and push me in a direction that will save my life.. when apparently this woman can care less and it shows.

oaklandcamc
oaklandcamc

 @mommy1972  I don't think aesthetics were the point of his letter. He didn't say she was ugly, or short, or something else about her body's anatomical features. He said that she was so out of standards health-wise (and for so long) that she was potentially doing the community, whom she stands before every night, a disservice by representing a successful female authority who is morbidly obese. To say that "weight doesn't matter" is to say that "health doesn't matter," because fat storage, excess sugar, and lack of exercise are hard on your heart, your immune system, your digestive system, your brain function, and your overall well-being.

 

Should news reporters be allowed to smoke on-air? I mean, it's not relevant to the content of the news broadcast, and it's a personal choice, an addiction, and second-hand smoke can't get through a TV screen. So why not?

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @mommy1972 I think you have no concept of the American Constitution. I suggest you read the part that says.. "Freedom Of Speech." Or.. go to a country that compromises that.

vizslamommy
vizslamommy

 @mommy1972  @starrfillednights200

Thanks, mommy1972 - you were much more eloquent in telling starrfillednights200 that she's an idiot. Her argument makes no sense whatsoever. I feel bad for her too.

oaklandcamc
oaklandcamc

 @ThomasDixon  She is on the news. How much more public can you get? He raised a question about her continued morbid obesity, over years, and asked if acceptance of a dangerous medical condition is really such a good thing to be broadcasting to the community. Maybe it was rude, okay. But is the question illegitimate? I don't think he was suggesting that she "snap her fingers" and lose weight. But there's no way she can argue that she has healthy eating or exercise habits.

 

As a newspaper reporter, I think I'd like to be smoking a cigarette in my head-shot that runs next to my columns. Anybody got a problem with that?

ThomasDixon
ThomasDixon

 @starrfillednights200  @ElTocinoMaldito  @Praxiteles Is he her family member? Her dad? Her brother? A friend? None of the above. She doesn't even know the moron. He's a nobody to her. So why is he making remarks about her weight? Only a thoughtless pig does that. It doesn't matter if he just "emailed" her, he had no business speaking about her weight. It doesn't even matter if she is +900lbs, that's none of his business. 

verow75
verow75

 @SunnyBunny  @ElTocinoMaldito  @starrfillednights200 She works in the industry where people write in everyday! Ken wrote a letter that hit a nerve to her, and it's true. What she did, instead of using this e-mail in a better way is beyond my grasp! In my opinion she is a bully!

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

  @ElTocinoMaldito   Do you know what the link is to Kenneth Krause Face Book?  I would like to Congratulate him on his good deed. At least he tried, which is more then I can say about her.

SunnyBunny
SunnyBunny

 @ElTocinoMaldito  @starrfillednights200  @verow75 not that I am aware of - but why write a letter to an anchorwoman to shame her into losing weight is beyond my grasp - who is he to judge (as far as I know he is just a person like everyone else). I'm sure he has his vices too -> did someone write him a letter to shame him into stopping that behaviour? My parents taught me if I didn't have anything nice to say keep my mouth shut. Maybe more people on this chat should heed that advice.

verow75
verow75

 @Kylen  @starrfillednights200 Excuse me! But that letter was send personally to her, without social media outlet. Jennifer Livingston used it with media outlet, that makes her a bully!

vizslamommy
vizslamommy

 @starrfillednights200

You're absolutely hilarious! I'm quite certain all sane people on this message board regard you as the stupid one here - not me. You've said nothing to substantiate your so-called claims and you make NO sense whatsoever.

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @vizslamommy Case And Point Made!  You just stepped into your own stupidity that is the whole reason behind this conversation with yet another  stupid answer. I rest my case!

vizslamommy
vizslamommy

 @starrfillednights200  

Again, no logic... what does "freedom of speech" have to with the current topic? Besides allowing you to spew your hate-filled reasoning for everyone to see...

 

mommy1972
mommy1972

HA HA HA.  Seriously, how old are you?  You know now that you have troed to show everyone how tough you are on a media blog,  I accept your challenge, give me your address and  I will hop on a plane so that you can "destory" me.  bwahhh ha ha...

vizslamommy
vizslamommy

 @starrfillednights200  

Oh my!! You made my day!! I think if you want to see "crazy" you should look in the mirror!! We aren't the ones threatening bodily harm!! Any pray tell, what makes you so "knowledgeable" and "versed" in this area? So far you've only shown us your ignorance. Gabby Giffords, indeed! Now BE GONE WITH YOU, I TELL YOU!! LOL  

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @vizslamommy  @mommy1972 @ I refuse to continue a conversation with less then intelligent people that miss the whole entire point !   I can't win "Crazy" so.. I won't lower myself to people who just are not versed and knowledgeable in an area that I am. Also.. since your someone I could clearly destroy with one hand, I have no use for you! Be Gone!

mommy1972
mommy1972

I love when people try to argue flawed logic behind the guise of intimidation and vulgar language...and clearly I have zero intelligence.   Can you define what zero intelligence means, I am fairly certain that is an accepted means to measure.

vizslamommy
vizslamommy

 @starrfillednights200  @mommy1972

I think you're the one showing your true intelligence. Your logic makes no sense. You said..."In WI. it is acceptable and wide spread to be obese and be hired as such"... You're implying that people who are overweight shoudn't be hired? Perhaps this would explain why you can't move back to NJ - you admitted you're an overweight person, so perhaps you don't have a job? What are you doing about that? It's very easy for you to criticize Ms. Livingston, when I think the thing you should do is look in the mirror yourself. Perhaps if you were a happier, more self-confident person you wouldn't feel the need to degrade Ms. Livingston further by calling her a "fattie".

 

Talk about being a bully... oh, the irony!

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @vizslamommy  @mommy1972 First Of All "Ass Wipe" I am not the one and only one to side with Mr. Krause. Secondly... I would feel more sorry for you if you were right here! You are a bunch of misinformed MORONS. Whom have absolutely 0 intelligence!

mommy1972
mommy1972

yes, you are right...this philadelphian is long over due in laughing in the face of you. 

starrfillednights200
starrfillednights200

 @vizslamommy It's always funny.. when your on line Ass Hole. If you were here.. I can assure you .. you'd be too injured to laugh!

mommy1972
mommy1972

What is a NJ ass beating exactly?

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