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Outrage over 'fat shame' app aimed at children

A STORM of outrage has erupted over a new "fat-shaming" plastic surgery app aimed at children as young as nine.

Dun Laoghaire Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor expressed shock and concern at the content of the app.

She said: "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'."

Ms Mitchell O'Connor was a school principal before being elected to the Dail

"It is extremely disturbing that an app of this nature would be targeted at children as young as nine," she said.

"This app could contribute to a young girl having a negative body image."

She said the app had understandably prompted an outraged response on social media yesterday.

VULNERABLE

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

iTunes removed the app from its store last night.

Its description read: "This 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?"

It is understood that the app was released earlier this month.

Everyday Sexism, which documents experiences of sexism and harassment and has more than 116,000 followers, posted a screenshot on its Twitter account.

Many people responded angrily to the app.

Twitter users said it encouraged girls to find flaws with themselves and to feel they have to "fix" their bodies from a young age.

fdillon@herald.ie


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