Maria Kang is niot exactly a celebrity, but this story deserves a post: this fit 32 year-old Californian mother of three has spurred a social backlash after posting a picture with her toned flat stomach showing while asking the question: “What’s Your Excuse?”. The reason why the photo has attracted national attention is that many seem to think that Maria is trying to shame overweight mothers / women. After the firestorm, the fit mom of three (who says that she is not naturally thin and works out a lot to look this way), posted on her Facebook page:
I’ve been getting an influx of new followers, emails and comments (on my profile pic) recently. Some saying I’m a bully, I’m fat-shaming and I need to apologize for the hurt I’ve caused women. I get it. SO here’s my First and Final Apology:
I’m sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way. I won’t go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two business’, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. I won’t even mention how I didn’t give into cravings for ice cream, french fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my growing belly as an excuse to be inactive.
What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It’s Yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head. I didn’t create them. You created them. So if you want to continue ‘hating’ this image, get used to hating many other things for the rest of your life. You can either blame, complain or obtain a new level of thought by challenging the negative words that come out of your own brain.
With that said, obesity and those who struggle with health-related diseases is literally a ‘bigger’ issue than this photo. Maybe it’s time we stop tip-toeing around people’s feelings and get to the point.
So What’s Your Excuse?
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