A CNN commentator is calling on her colleagues at Fox News to step up their exercise regimen in response to the rise in obesity among young adults.
The New York Times reports that Fox News host Gretchen Carlson called out the network’s executives after a segment on Saturday featured former President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who weighed 665 pounds last year.
She said that in light of the epidemic of obesity, it’s time to rethink how we talk about it and make sure that the next step in the fight against obesity is to start lifting people up and start taking responsibility for their weight.
“I’m really concerned about young people and young adults,” Carlson said.
“I’m not sure if that’s a healthy conversation to be having.”
Carlson said the Fox News executives were wrong to dismiss her concerns and said she was looking forward to addressing the issue in her new role at the network.
“My heart goes out to these young adults, I think they’re really going to feel this pressure to be the first ones in line,” Carlson added.
“And I think that’s really what we should be focusing on.”
The report comes after a CDC study showed that nearly a third of college students were obese in 2016, with those under age 30 accounting for the bulk of the obesity-related increase.
In addition, more than a third said they had used the internet to search for food, according to a study from the University of Maryland.
In a tweet earlier this week, Carlson noted that she is a former health care worker, and that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.