“Fat acceptance” activists are demanding Facebook remove the pre-written “I’m feeling fat” status messages users routinely select after eating a large meal because it encourages “fat shaming.”
“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,” Endangered Bodies’ Catherine Weingarten wrote. “That is not okay. Join me in asking Facebook to remove the “fat” emoji from their status options.”
She also claimed that Facebook is endorsing “self-destructive thoughts” by including the “fat” emoji.
But obesity itself leads to depression and other mental illnesses, so if these social justice warriors really cared about fat people, they would encourage them to pursue healthy lifestyles that, over time, catapults the formerly overweight into a higher quality of life.
This “fat is not a feeling” campaign is the digital equivalent of overweight people who avoid stepping on a scale despite the fact that facing the truth is the first step toward losing weight.
It would be far more effective for fat people to channel their anger into motivation toward a full body transformation instead of focusing it on Facebook and others for their so-called “fat-shaming.”
“A healthy dose of properly channeled anger can actually provide an incredible amount of motivation,” bodybuilder John Stone wrote, who transformed himself from an overweight, depressed IT analyst into a fitness guru. “So my very first suggestion is to do what I did: get mad – fighting mad – about your weight problem! I think you’ll find that anger is a heck of a lot more productive than continuing to float along with indifference.”
“Feeling sorry for yourself is another common cop-out that will only lead to more late nights parked in front of the television eating junk food.”
And the “fat acceptance” movement is also a cop-out.
In January, social justice warriors criticized fitness competitor Abby Pell for publishing a picture of her six-pack abs with the message “I have a kid, a six pack and no excuse.”
Pell was accused of “fat shaming.”
The movement has gotten so ridiculous that a 420 pound TV star, Mikel Ruffinelli, even suggested that society needs to “make things bigger” to conform to her overweight lifestyle.
”My hips always affect me when I’m on the train because I have to take up two seats,” she said. “I do feel bad sometimes when I see a person standing up but I can’t help it that I need two seats.”