Why The Exercise-Loving Mother-Of-Three Shouldn't Be Considered A 'Fat-Shaming Bully'
Maria Kang, 32, from Los Angeles, California, is a mother of three and runs a fitness-focused non-profit organization from home. She recently has been blasted on social media for posting a photograph of her toned body and three kids with the caption, "What's your excuse?"
Indeed, while many of the 17,000 commentators support her encouraging photo as "thinspiration," thousands of others have called her "insulting," "obnoxious," and a "fat shaming bully."
What is up with all the internet trolls out there? Since when did posting inspirational photos of yourself become such a heinous crime?
One woman wrote,
Whoa, back up for a second. Clearly Ms. Kang, who runs her own non-profit fitness company and promotes a healthy lifestyle on her website, is not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or make anyone feel bad about themselves.
This is a woman who encourages a positive body-image and outlook towards fitness. Those who are offended by her photo have their own personal body issues to reconcile.
Her "What's Your Excuse?" image has received over 16 million views on Facebook since it was posted a year ago. Kang decided to re-post it to her 80,000 followers last month, but included an apology after realizing it was garnering hundreds of negative comments.
Responding to the slander and the critics, she wrote on Facebook:
Well said, Maria Kang. She turns the negative gripes that her critics have into fuel to keep working out. Ms. Kang notes that she does have stretchmarks and excess skin from three pregnancies but these "scars" encourage her to "keep striving" and "never stop."
That's not to say the petite mother doesn't work hard at achieving her strong body. She does 30 to 60 minutes of strength training and cardio every morning, five to six days a week.
Ms. Kang tries to get to the gym by 6:30am and then returns home to "feed, clean and play" with her sons. After, she focuses her attention on the non-profit business she runs, Fitness without Borders, which promotes fitness education in schools and local communities.
How can someone say that she is a terrible person, when she is working her hardest at conquering her goals and inspiring others to do the same? The absurdity of Maria Kang's haters is beyond fathomable. Why does the anonymity of the internet give people license to criticize, tear down and degrade their peers?
We say kudos to Maria for being brave and posting photos of her weight-loss progress since having her last child. She proves that motherhood doesn't have to ruin your body or your self-image. The only people who argue that fact are those who are unhappy with their own selves.
Top Photo Courtesy: Maira Kang