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Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft targeted for fat-shaming apps

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Fat-shaming GraphicIn yet another example of how mean-spirited our culture can be, there is apparently a glut of fat-shaming apps available on app stores, no doubt created by some of the most vile brogrammers among us.

One organization is saying enough. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and supporting organizations today sent letters to the leaders of Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft, urging them to remove offensive fat-shaming apps like Fatify, Fatbooth and Fat You! from their stores and revise their review processes so no further fat-shaming apps become available.

“Children are the primary users of these types of apps, and the apps are teaching children that the disease of obesity is a funny cosmetic issue, which we know is not true,” said OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski in a press release. “You would never see an app target other diseases such as cancer, anorexia or HIV; therefore, obesity should be treated with the same consideration.”

According to OAC, more than 93 million Americans are “affected and impacted by obesity.” Fat-shaming is a particularly troublesome issue for school-age children.

The OAC is encouraging its members and the general public to sign a petition to support the removal of fat-shaming apps and stronger app approval guidelines.

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  • Mary Grisaffi

    These shameful attacks on obese people are wrong and there is no other way to see it. It is not acceptable and these attacks need to be controlled and people punished for the hate crimes they are. Lets not sugar coat this problem. It effects so many people that it is an epidemic. We need to teach children and adults alike some of the reasons for obesity and the complexity of the problem. Lets start this education by saying NO MORE FAT SHAMING APPS!!!