Google Maps Cuts Cupcake Counter After Fat Adovcates Weigh-In
Fat positivity is all the rage these days, and that means getting rid of anything that might suggest that obesity is unhealthy.
Google Maps has opted to err on the side of the unhealthy by removing a feature that previously informed users how many calories they could burn by walking. It took the form of a cupcake counter. Naturally, people complained to tell Google (and the rest of the Internet) about how they were really upset about it.
Users on social media described the cupcake counter as “shaming,” and potentially even “triggering” for people who lived with eating disorders. Mic tech reporter Taylor Lorenz complained about how it was impossible to disable the feature.
“Oh my god and if you click walking directions it auto tells you how much food you’d burn off what the fuck,” she wrote. “Also it looks like there’s no way to turn this feature off what the hell. Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders? Not to mention just generally shamey.” [sic]
Other Twitter users responded by telling her to care about more important things. However, she wasn’t the only one to complain about it. New York Times Digital writer Casey Johnston stated that the feature must’ve been made by a man because no woman would’ve approved of the calorie counter.
“any woman could have told you this is a supremely bad thing a) to do b) to not be able to turn off,” she wrote on Twitter. “it’s almost as if google has never heard anything a woman has said in its whole ass life. this theoretical woman wouldn’t even have to have a computer science degree from stanford or whatever the fuck. ANY woman AT ALL.” [sic]
Even experts weighed in. According to BBC, Priya Tew, a member of the Association of UK Dieticians described the feature as “triggering,” adding that it could shame users.
“Although it is good to encourage people to walk more, having the calories used on Google Maps does not seem to be the best way to do this,” said Tew. “Firstly it encourages competition, trying to burn more calories each day which could be triggering for some people who have a tendency to over-exercise. Secondly it could make people feel shamed that they have not walked far enough or burned enough calories.”
What’s wrong with a little healthy competition?
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