‘Feeling Fat’ Emoji Is Banned By Facebook

Yielding to pressure from the public, Facebook has removed the “fat” emoji that was listed as an “I’m feeling” option for status updates.

Ohio State University student Catherine Weingarten first started the protest against the fat emoji when she saw the chubby-cheeked icon appear on her friend’s Facebook status.

“As someone who has struggled with and overcome disordered eating, I know what it’s like to ‘feel’ fat,” Weingarten said in a petition on Change.org. “I have spent years of my life consumed with negative thoughts about my body, and far too many days starving myself in an effort to lose weight.”

‘Feeling stuffed’

In a statement released by Facebook, a spokesperson said the company will continue to listen to feedback from users about how to improve the site’s ability to enable self-expression.

“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,” the spokesperson said. “So we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options.”

The icon currently looks the same but the word “fat” has been changed to “stuffed.”

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser: Rehab Media Group, Recovery Helpline, Alli Addiction Services.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

CALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELPCALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELP800-776-3990Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?