Facebook Renames 'Feeling Fat' Emoji To 'Feeling Stuffed'
After more than 16,000 people signed a petition to remove the 'feeling fat' emoji, Facebook changed the name of the emoji to 'feeling stuffed.' The petition argued that "fat" was not a feeling and indirectly it was a joke on people struggling with negative body image.
"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," wrote Catherine Weingarten, the petition's author on Change.org.
Facebook, on the petition's page replied that it would remove the "feeling fat" text from the site, which is now changed to "feeling stuffed."
"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.
Facebook works with the National Eating Disorders Association to provide resources for users whose posts indicate that they may be suffering from the eating disorder.
"For me, when I see the words 'I feel fat,' it takes me back to when I was struggling, and I don't want people to not take it seriously," Weingarten said. "When people see that on Facebook, I want them to realize that it's not just a light, cute sort of thing for everyone."