Marilyn McKenna, wife of former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, was told by Facebook to remove her photos of her dramatic weight loss because it claims that showing off her “fat pants” is “promoting idealized physical appearances.”
McKenna posted a photo of her fitting both her legs inside one leg of her old size 20 “fat pants” but was told to remove the picture because it was promoting “idealised physical appearances”.
“I used to weigh 265 pounds,” McKenna said. “Those old pants mean a lot to me because they’re a reminder of how far I’ve come.”
Marilyn McKenna, who lost 120 pounds six years ago after lap band surgery, now dedicates her life to speaking and writing about heath. She’s in the process of writing a book about weight loss and has her own Facebook fan page that promotes healthy eating and exercise where she tried to post the pictures.
On Thursday night, she tried to make the image her profile picture on her fan page, when she received a message from Facebook reading, “These types of images are considered to be promoting idealized physical appearances and are policy violating,” she told a local television station.
“The image used here is of a woman standing in a large pair of pants holding the waist band out to show weight loss. The images are considered to be promoting idealised physical appearances and are policy violating,” Facebook officials said. “It is also worth noting that things like before and after photos, images with scales, tape measures, zoomed in body parts are also considered to be promoting idealised physical images and are not allowed.”
“I’m certainly not about idealizing any kind of body image,” McKenna told KOMO News. “I write about weight loss. I write about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.”
“I can’t even fathom what they’re thinking,” McKenna told KDVR News. “I call B.S. on Facebook.”
Facebook forces Marilyn McKenna to Remove Weight Loss Picture
Marilyn McKenna, wife of Washington’s former Attorney General, lost 120 pounds and documents her dieting and exercise on social media. Thursday, Facebook told her one of her pictures violated the site’s ad policy.