By Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Following protests, Facebook has removed the “Feeling Fat” smiley-faced emoji as an option for a user’s status updates.READ MORE: Philadelphia-Area Clinics Temporarily Close, Pivot After FDA, CDC Recommend Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine
The chubby-cheeked, double-chinned emoji is one of about 50 “feelings” icons Facebook users can add to their status updates.
However, some Facebook users, not feeling the “feeling fat” emoji, created an online petition asking the social network to remove the emoticon because “fat is not a feeling”.
Samantha DeCaro, the assistant director of the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia agrees.READ MORE: Duante Wright Shooting: Dozens March In Philadelphia In Protest Of Fatal Police Shooting
“It’s really normalizing the idea of negative body image and making it part of the vernacular which is a piece of some of the factors that drive eating disorders”
More than 16,000 people signed an online petition.
“Having these emojis really interfere with the ability to identify what we’re really feeling. Instead of putting them where they should be we redirect them back to ourselves.”MORE NEWS: Gregg Shore, Former Assistant Bucks County DA Demoted For Working For DoorDash On Clock, Resigns
On Tuesday, Facebook replaced its “feeling fat” emoji with “feeling stuffed.”