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Saturday 20 September 2014

Outraged TD describes disturbing ‘fat shaming’ app aimed at 9+ as 'absolutely disgraceful'

Caoimhe Gaskin

Published 14/01/2014 | 13:20

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App encourages you to help an unfortunate young girl that 'no diet can help.'

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A disturbing plastic surgery app aimed at children aged 9 or over has caused outrage on social media, and now Dublin TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor has lashed out at the shocking app.

Ms Mitchell O'Connor who was school principal at Harold Primary School in Glasthule before she was elected to the Dail has said it is an "absolutely disgraceful app".

She is calling on iTunes to remove the app from its online store.

“This app has understandably prompted an outraged response on social media today. The so-called ‘fat-shaming’ app encourages children to carry out plastic surgery on the cartoon imagine of a girl who ‘has so much extra weight that no diet can help her’.

“The app asks users to ‘suck out the extra fat’ and ‘make small cuts on problem areas’. It is extremely disturbing that an app of this nature would be targeted at children as young as nine. Using this app could undoubtedly contribute to a young girl having a negative body imagine.

She said iTunes must "take responsibility" over the app's content.

“The company must take some responsibility over the content offered in the apps it sells, and the content of this app simply cannot be condoned.”

The TD  also tweeted: "Shocking that vulnerable children are targeted by this social media app."

The  image was tweeted at the 'Everyday Sexism' (@EverydaySexism) project, which documents "experiences of sexism, harassment and assault to show how bad the problem is & create solidarity.”

The page has since been flooded with retweets from horrified Twitter users who are outraged at the irresponsible, ‘fat shaming’ 9+ app.

Users are calling on others to retweet the image of the app at the iTunes Twitter account (@iTunes) in an attempt to encourage them to reconsider marketing the unhealthy 'game', especially to such a young age group.

Shockingly the following description accompanies the app "The unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her."

"In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We'll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate on her, doctor?”

Appalled users have criticised the app saying that it encourages young girls to find flaws with themselves and to feel that they have to ‘fix’ themselves from a very young age.

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