No, Facebook Didn't Just Introduce a Weight Loss 'Life Event'

People participate in a massive group yoga class as part of an event with Lululemon in Washington D.C. back in 2010.

Your Facebook News Feed is peppered with the occasional personal milestones from your closest (and long forgotten) friends. Engagements, new jobs, babies on the way — Facebook encourages users to share all these moments as "Life Events" from their profile page.
Included on the list of shareable life highlights: your recent weight loss.

But despite reports circulating Tuesday that this life event is new to Facebook, that isn't actually the case.
The ability to post a weight loss life event has been around since 2011, according to a Facebook spokesperson — alongside other unusual life events such as getting a tattoo, publishing a book, or enjoying their first kiss. Users can even delve back into history and reveal when they spoke their first word.
Weight Loss Life Event

While some may criticize Facebook for including weight loss in its list of life events, many people are proud and excited to share this information with friends. And if you've simply made a lifestyle change but haven't seen results on the scales yet, you can add this Life Event: "new eating habits." (You can specify exactly what those habits are, which presumably will allow your friends to make sure you stick to them.)
It's all part of Facebook's plan to become a digital scrapbook for users — the more we share with one another, the more people have a reason to connect and check Facebook to see what's happening in their friends' lives. Weight loss included.

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