Why Facebook changed the ‘feeling fat’ emoji

“Fat is not a feeling.” That was the rallying cry of the 16,771 people who signed Endangered Bodies’ petition for Facebook to remove the “feeling fat” emoji from its collection. Today, after some negotiation with the non-profit, Facebook replaced the emoji. The chubby faced, double chinned yellow smile is now “feeling stuffed” instead of fat.

“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. So we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options,” MoMo Zhou, a spokeswoman for Facebook said in a statement.

Endangered Bodies, the non-profit that started the petition, is an international organization that challenges how popular culture promotes negative body image. The organization chose seven people around the world to be ambassadors for the Change.org petition to get the emoji removed. READ MORE.

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