Fat Activists Attempting to Force Facebook to Eliminate the “Fat” Emoji From Status Updates

Looks like fat activists are not happy with Facebook. They want the social media giant to eliminate the emoticon (or emoji) that says “fat” next to it claiming it “body shames” fat people.

They are calling the campaign “fat is not a feeling.”

The Change.org petition has amassed more than 14,000 signatures so far, and sparked a debate over whether the social network is promoting body-shaming.

“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, want 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.”

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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