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Facebook removes 'feeling fat' emoticon.

Facebook users will no longer use a "feeling fat" emoticon to publish a post.

The social media site dropped the emoticon and replaced it with one stating "feeling stuffed."

This follows a petition by an online group that gathered almost 17,000 signatures who supported the petition .

"Fat is not a feeling,"encouraged negative body image among girls, wrote the petitions creator, Catherine Weingarten.

When Face-book 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," Weingarten wrote in the petition.

The petition was launched towards the end of February by activist group Endangered Bodies, around the time of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week .

"Weve 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," a Face-book spokesperson said. "So were going to remove feeling fat from the list of options. Well continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook."

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Mar 11, 2015
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