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.