Campaigners get Facebook to banish 'feeling fat' emoticon

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Steve Dent
March 11th, 2015
In this article: Emoticon, facebook, Feeling Fat
Campaigners get Facebook to banish 'feeling fat' emoticon

On top of not being an actual emotion, "feeling fat" is no longer a Facebook emoticon. Following a campaign from anti-body-shaming group Endangered Bodies, Facebook has removed the emoji from its list of status update options, according to the Washington Post. The social network said "we've heard from our community that listing 'feeling fat' as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders." In a Change.org petition that garnered 17,000 signatures, Endangered Bodies said the emoticon is "making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight... all (we) ask is that it stop endorsing self-destructive thoughts through seemingly harmless emojis."

Following the emoji's removal, the woman who spearheaded the campaign said "this success shows us that people together can challenge the cultural messages that are so damaging to our ability to love ourselves and live comfortably in our bodies." However, while "fat" is now gone from the status update section, Facebook seems to have kept the double-chinned emoticon and replaced "fat" with "stuffed." Since there's already a "feeling full" emoticon, we're not sure about the need for both.
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