Hmm... Where have we heard this before...
It's amazing how sometimes all it takes is one person to bring about real change!
It also usually helps to start an online petition.
That's how some body positivity folks got Facebook to remove their "feeling fat" option from its status drop down box.
Catherine Weingarten and the group Endangered Bodies started campaigning online, sending out a petition through Change.org, trying to get Facebook to remove the option.
"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. 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."
Well guess what… the petition quickly got over 10,000 signatures and two weeks later Facebook responded!
The social networking site said:
"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. We'll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook."
Removing the option as quickly as they did is an absolute win for Facebook.
They heard their users, listened to their complaints and reacted quickly and appropriately.
It's a sad fact that we're almost shocked a huge company would make such a smart move so quickly.
And don't worry, for anyone who just finished a hotdog eating competition, there's still the "feeling full" emoticon option. LOLz!
[Image via Change.org.]