The organization and various activists joined forces to create a petition at Change.org to remove the status choice, with Ohio grad student and playwright Catherine Weingarten telling People.com, "This issue is so important because being a young person, Facebook is kind of the way we live."
She writes on the petition site: "As someone who has struggled with and overcome disordered eating, I know what it's like to 'feel' fat. I have spent years of my life consumed with negative thoughts about my body, and far too many days starving myself in an effort to lose weight. But even worse than the skipped meals and the hours spent obsessing in front of the mirror was the fear of what others thought about me and my body.
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."
On their end, Facebook is not removing the "fat" feeling selection, explaining in a statement: "People use Facebook to share their feelings with friends and support each other. One option we give people to express themselves is to add a feeling to their posts. You can choose from over 100 feelings we offer based on people's input or create your own."
UPDATE: Facebook has removed the 'feeling fat' option from the list of status update emojis - the power of the petition! Facebook released the following statement about the change: "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."