Breaking update on the ‘Fat is Not a Feeling’ campaign: Facebook removed the “fat” option from the list of feelings emoticons. The move comes after more than 16,000 people signed on to Endangered Bodies’ Change.org petition and the issue garnered attention in news outlets across the globe.
As late as yesterday afternoon, Facebook was standing by their decision to keep the emoticon. While the social media giant has yet to release a statement on their decision to remove it, Endangered Bodies is celebrating the move as a victory in the fight against body shaming:
Says Endangered Bodies:"The eight chapters of the global movement Endangered Bodies are pleased to discover that Facebook has responded to our international petition and its 16K+ supporters by removing the "I feel fat" emoticon from its list of options! We extend special thanks to the thousands of people around the world who have signed our petition, showing that each and every one of your voices can be heard and has made a positive difference. We look forward to continuing a dialogue with Facebook to support their efforts in being a body-positive platform, leading the way for other social media sites to follow suit."
The ‘Fat is Not a Feeling’ campaign on change.org was launched two weeks ago by young Endangered Bodies activists in eight countries, all of whom have struggled with disordered eating and body image. Rebecca Guzelian, Counselor within the field of eating disorders treatment started the Australian campaign and says the victory is an affirmation for young women who have struggled with negative messages about weight and body size.
Says Rebecca Guzelian: I am so pleased that Facebook has responded to our campaign and decided to remove the "I feel fat" status option and emoticon. With this victory we can all feel confident that if we rally together to stand up to the harmful body-shaming messages promoted through so many channels in our lives every day, our voices can and will be heard! As someone who sees the effects of this kind of body-shaming and ‘fat talk’ every day in my work with eating disorder clients, I could not be happier that the emoticon has been removed. We are one step closer to creating a more body-positive society for women and men, and girls and boys all around the world!
You can check out live signature totals and comments on Endangered Bodies’ petition here: www.change.org/FatisNotaFeelingAU
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