A viewer ‘fat-shamed’ this news anchor. Here’s how she turned it into something positive.

A viewer ‘fat-shamed’ this news anchor. Here’s how she turned it into something positive.

At about 3 p.m. on June 25, Lindsay Iadeluca, a 28-year-old broadcaster for Rhode Island’s NBC10, received an email. She had to read it through three times, she says, she was so shocked. The email — a transcription from her work voice mail — was nothing short of “fat-shaming,” as Iadeluca puts it.

It’s an unfortunate truth for any woman working in the public eye, says Renee Engeln, a psychology professor and the director of the Body and Media Lab at Northwestern University. That we live in a society “obsessed with women’s bodies” means women have a very different set of job requirements than men when it comes to those roles.

“Every time we talk about how a woman looks, we are continuing to send a message that that’s what matters most about women,” Engeln says. “That the most important thing we have to offer the world is prettiness.”

By Lena Felton, The Lily, The Washington Post

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