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Why the two minute trailer for new TV series 'Insatiable' has been met with such fury.

Netflix is facing backlash online after releasing the first trailer for their new original TV series, Insatiable, which some say promotes ‘fat-shaming‘.

The 12-episode dark comedy series follows a high school student named Patty, who is nicknamed ‘Fatty Patty’ by classmates and bullied for her weight.

Everything changes, however, when Patty is punched in the face and has to have her jaw wired shut.

When Patty, played by 25-year-old former Disney star Debby Ryan returns to school after summer break, she’s thin, ‘hot’ and thirsty for revenge against her bullies.

Since the first trailer dropped on Thursday, critics and viewers are worried the show may encourage people to stop eating and that it glorifies eating disorders.

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But actress Alyssa Milano, who stars in the show as Patty’s mum says critics have got it all wrong, insisting the show is “addressing the damage that occurs from fat shaming”.

Debby Ryan, who is known for her appearances on Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck and Disney’s Jessie, hasn’t yet responded to the backlash.

Over 22,000 people have signed a Change.org petition, calling to stop the release of the show.

“For so long, the narrative has told women and young impressionable girls that in order to be popular, have friends, to be desirable for the male gaze, and to some extent be a worthy human…that we must be thin,” the petition says.

“It perpetuates not only the toxicity of diet culture, but the objectification of women’s bodies. This series needs to be cancelled.”

Netflix has previously faced criticism for it’s original shows targeted to teens, including 13 Reasons Why, which some say glorified mental illness and suicide.

All 12 episodes of Insatiable will be released on Netflix on August 10.

You can watch the full trailer for Insatiable below.

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