Over 16,000 people sign digital petition against Facebook’s ‘feeling fat’ emoji

unnamed-4Over 16,100 people have signed an online petition which calls for the ‘feeling fat’ emoticon to be eliminated from Facebook’s list of emojis that can be featured in status updates.

The petition, on change.org, was set up by Catherine Weingarten and the group Endangered Bodies, according to the page.

Endangered Bodies says on its website that ‘Our aim is to save future generations from the misery that turns people against their own bodies.’

Weingarten wrote on the petition’s page ‘Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I saw a friend’s status set to “feeling fat,” accompanied by an emoji with chubby cheeks and a double chin. I think it was supposed to be funny, but seeing this status made me feel angry…