This week we wrote about a dangerously inaccurate BMI calculator on Seventeen.com. Young activists Shirley Wang and Lauren Stalnaker petitioned to have it removed--and they succeeded!
There were all kinds of reasons why Seventeen's BMI calculator was a bad idea. It appears that they got the message from the thousands who spoke up to call it a big fail.
Here's a screen grab of Seventeen's health page from yesterday (11/28/12, 5:37 p.m.), where the BMI calculator was linked from their "General Health" section. (click image to zoom)
And here is that same page this morning (11/29/12, 10:30 a.m.). Bye-bye BMI calculator! (click image to zoom)
The link we saved to the calculator page now redirects to the main page of Seventeen's health section and we can find no mention of it or links to it elsewhere on their site. We haven't heard from anyone at Seventeen about their decision to remove the calculator, but we certainly thank and commend them for doing the right thing. The moral of this story? Body image activism matters. Our voices DO make a difference. And speaking out against confusing, contradictory health messages can get results. So let's keep doing it. Go team!
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