You Can’t Be Fat on Facebook!
With all of the weight shaming and such that is going on, Facebook has taken giant leaps to try to shut down this behavior. When you post your status, there is an emotions chart. You know: feeling blah, feeling sick, feeling loved and apparently, feeling fat. That was the one that was not flying all that well with consumers and fans so Facebook has decided to eliminate that “feeling.” Not only was their fan backlash but change.org started a petition to get the feeling removed.
Catherine Weingarten and Endangered Bodies were the ones who really laid in to Facebook and the fat shaming of sorts. “When Facebook users set their status to ‘feeling fat,’ they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders. That is not ok. Join me in asking Facebook to remove the ‘fat’ emoji from their status options. Fat is not a feeling. Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight. And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for.”
Ten thousand signatures later and #FatisNotaFeeling, Facebook has obliged and changed their emoticon list. I believe that you can feel fat or even bloated and I also think that it is up to the person sharing their feelings to dictate how they want to feel. But I can also understand how we are trying to create a positive dialogue among young people. According to Facebook, who will also remove “feeling ugly” from their list: “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. We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.”
What do you think about this change? Are people being over dramatic or is this enough to get angry over? You be the judge.