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Facebook's Major Step for Body Positivity
Good news: "Feeling fat" will no longer be a Facebook emoticon option that users can choose as a status message.
The "fat" emoticon which was a blushing, smiling face with a double chin, caught the attention of Change.org who launched a campaign in which activists warned Facebook that such an icon could encourage poor body image and disordered eating. The petition gathered more than 16,000 signatures.
"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," a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Mic.
How we talk about our bodies matters. Not only does achieving a more positive body image mean positive things for both physical and mental health, negative body talk on social media could negatively influence others by promoting harm and images of what bodies should look like.
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