Facebook Did Not Just Introduce a "Weight Loss Life Event"

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At this point, it's no shock that everyone watches Facebook's every move like a hawk. It seems everything the company does, or even thinks about doing—from their nudity policies to their relationship "ask" feature—becomes breaking news. To a certain extent, the hyper-criticism make sense. After all, they do have incredible influence over what, a billion lives? 

However, the recent reports that Facebook has added "weight loss" as an option to their "Life Events" section, as well as "a bunch of new ways to feel bad about yourself" is first and foremost incorrect, and also seems a bit extreme. Not only is this feature not new (it's just one option in an entire list of "Health & Wellness" events), it hardly appears to be a calculated way to make us feel bad about ourselves. If someone felt so inclined to share their weight loss, wouldn't they have just done so without using the "Life Event" feature? This seems like par for the course in an environment where sharing (and over-sharing) have been the name of the game for the past ten years. 

We did, however, find perusing this section of the lesser-known life event options to be enlightening. (Sure, I feel pretty proud of myself after hours spent in the DMV, but I can actually make "new license" a Facebook event!) So, here is a complete list of the "Health & Wellness" life events you can choose to broadcast:

  • Organ Donor
  • Overcame an Illness
  • Quit a Habit (smoking, drinking, or other)
  • New Eating Habits (includes became a vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian, fruitarian and omnivore)
  • Weight Loss
  • Glasses, Contacts, Other
  • Broken Bone
  • Removed Braces
  • Create Your Own

What do you think about this section of the site? Would you add a "Health & Wellness" milestone? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine.

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