Activists want 'feeling fat' emoji removed from Facebook

Indo Asian News Service
How are you feeling? Facebook gives you many options and emojis to express your emotions to your friends, and one of them is "fat" with a chubby cheek face and a double chin. A petition from Endangered Bodies, an international initiative that wants to create a body positive world, is now nearing 15,000 signatures to remove that feeling from the options. "Fat is not a feeling. Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight," the petition reads. "And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for." NEWS: Will Mark Zuckerberg Launch the Biggest Book Club? The petition wants the emoji removed in order to "stop encouraging negative body image among girls." Launched in 2011, Endangered Bodies' mission is to "challenge all those merchants of body hatred who turn girls and women against their own bodies." NEWS: Who Is Facebook's Most Liked Person? With Facebook's 890 million users daily, the petition argues that the platform, "has the power to influence how we talk to each other about our bodies." Do you think "fat" should be an option for a status update? Let us know using the hashtag #ETnow. Check out the video below to see how Kelly Clarkson got fat- shamed by a journalist.

New York, March 9 (IANS) An online petition that asks Facebook to remove a "feeling fat" status and emoji from status-update options has been doing the rounds.

The petition has sparked a debate over whether the social network is promoting body-shaming, Mashable reported.

"Feeling fat" currently appears as one of many preset options included in Facebook's dropdown list of status updates.

Endangered Bodies, the group behind the initiative, wants the status and accompanying emoji removed because they believe it encourages body-shaming and "self-destructive thoughts".

"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," according to the petition.

"That is not OK. 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," it read.

The two-week-old petition has more than 14,000 signatures, just short of its 15,000 goal. On Twitter, the hashtag #fatisnotafeeling is also being used by people who are upset by the status option.

"People use Facebook to share their feelings with friends and support each other. One option we give people to express themselves is to add a feeling to their posts.

"You can choose from over 100 feelings we offer based on people's input or create your own," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying by Mashable.