Maria Kang Accused of "Fit-Shaming" Women With Facebook Pic, Issues Non-Apology

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Maria Kang, a very fit mom of three, is accused of "fit-shaming" women in a Facebook photo she shared, and now refuses to apologize for.

The 32-year-old fitness enthusiast and former beauty queen shared this image of herself in a workout bra and short shorts, flaunting her toned body:

Maria Kang (Fit Mom) Photo

Alongside her? Kang's three sons, ages 3 years, 2 years, and 8 months, with the caption: "What's Your Excuse?" Just motivating others, right?

Depends who you ask. The picture sparked a comment war, with many of 12,000 (!) responses accusing her of fat-shaming, a charge Kang denies.

After she responded with what she calls a "non-apology," the debate escalated. How did she address some of the criticism she received? Read on ...

"I'm sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way," she wrote.

"I won't go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two businesses, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer."

"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."

Kang's point is that mom who don't work out are lazy and fat, but that you can and should make fitness a part of your life even when you're a busy mom.

If you saw that photo of her and felt bad about yourself, too bad.

One can understand, up to a point, why someone who doesn't look like Maria would react in an intense, even negative way to the image she posted.

Perspectives are skewed by own unique challenges, and enhanced by our own insecurities. Maybe some felt she was bragging or showing off, too.

It doesn't mean she was "shaming" anyone else here, however. Nor was she going on other people's Facebook pages and writing hateful comments.

Perhaps Kang's approach was the issue, not her intent.

What if she wrote "What's your motivation?" Instead of "What's your excuse?" Or been more sympathetic and less defensive in her reply? Would it be different?

Share your comments on this interesting debate with us below.

Is Maria Kang fat-shaming women with this photo?

 

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1.From http://theramblingfather.blogs....
2.Husband of Maria Kang?
3. check this out seems Maria and her hubby both have problems taking out emotional abuse on people just because..... ha! eff off and don't eff with the overweight to feed your egos.

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Lucky Husband! Quit whining!

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@ LEros

and what do you look like sir? Why don't you put down your crack pipe AND WAKE UP!

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A better headline for the first photo should have been, "No excuses." When the word "your" is in the sentence it becomes judgemental and accusatory

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i've had to deal with a crap full of yolks like her. Always insulting me whatever.... if you like you good, you have it all great, Not all need to soak in glorified attention. I do that for my king Jesus Christ. I'm tired of admiring people who are giving me flak for their hell. Grow up!

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Are fitness buffs going to be applauding Maria Kangs's shape fifteen years from now when her kids have all become school dropouts and juvenile delinquents? Sure, it might not happen in Kang's case, but it could well happen to women she goads into spending time and money at the gym instead of taking care of their children.

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What's Maria Kang's excuse for being such a bitch?

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My response to #MariaKang and all of her haters: http://journeyofamudder.blogsp...

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Maria has worked very hard for what she has acheived and she should be proud of it. However I wonder that if she really wanted to encourage women in a positive way, why she didn't choose to say "I did it, so can you"? Rather than the snarky comment of "What's your excuse?" She should remember that you should never judge a person unless you've walked a mile in their shoes. Her busy life is not the gold standard by which women should judge themselves. Each woman should make up her own priorities. I SUSPECT (hint hint this is conjecture) she is the kind of women who is judgemental about other women & satisfies her ego by making other women feel bad about themselves, even if she only does it subconciously.

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@ Sparker

Exactly, But what most people don't realize is this full time working mom has been in the fitness business since 2002 and has been an active fitness competitor and spokes model on the cover of many magazines.She has no right to compare her results to anyone else's as she has been in the shape she is now or better since she won the "Body for Life" Challenge in 2002 when she was 20 yrs old. This was only meant as an advertising gimmick and not a very good one in my opinion, other than to try to make herself look better than everyone else.

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I'm a former Power Lifter and Body Builder, Gym Owner and Personal Trainer and I'm offended, but not by her picture, She does look fab...that's not the point. The picture portrays her to be Just a normal full time working mom who likes to exercise instead of being a lifelong fitness competitor and national spokesperson, and also that her business is fitness and maintaining her shape and physical condition. On top of the that the Caption above it "What's your excuse" is not cool at all for someone that should be trying to motivate someone to be healthy and in shape. It's one thing if she was Just an average mother of 3 that just went to the gym a few times a week and lived a healthy lifestyle but it is her life and that's what makes it WRONG. It's tough enough to someone to begin an exercise routine but to give them unrealistic expectations is why so many people still can't get into shape, even though we have a gym or personal trainer on every corner. It's like every day there is a new weight loss product to "Sell" or exercise routine to "Sell" instead of just teaching the basic fundamentals of exercise and nutrition. It's not rocket science people but all these people that making career changes and promoting themselves and the next great fitness guru are totally missing a great opportunity to help teach everyone to be healthy by just beginning a basic routine of exercise, taking a walk 3-4 days a week and just make better Nutrition choices. So many people also fall prey to all these multi level marketing companies that sell weight loss products, with their "Proprietary formula"...It makes me laugh every time I hear that, or internet and TV ads...They are NOT helping, They are the MAIN problem and they are legally stealing people's money and also decreasing the body's natural ability to get into shape ...Stay healthy my friends.

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@ Nick Kentrolis

All in all, not that bad a comment. But there's at least one thing you and others like Ms. Kang are missing. There are plenty of us out here who don't want busybodies trying to tell us how to live our lives. If we want to be healthier or live longer, we're adults fully capable of making our own lifestyle choices without any help from you. We obviously have Internet access or we'd be pretty unlikely to hear what Ms. Kang has to say. We can find out all we need to know about healthier lifestyles with the click of a few keys. In my case, though, I happened to channel surf past Megan Kelly's show on Fox News while she was interviewing Kang. Kang came across as a singularly narcissistic and unpleasant young woman. She's far more in need of help than those she wants to lecture. To find out that she's effectively a professional bodybuilder trying to drum up business only makes her that much more obnoxious.

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People want to make excuses for their own body image issues. You are overweight and can't lose weight? You are doing something wrong, plain and simple. Don't give me thyroid issues or genetics or other BS. It would defy the laws of physics if you couldn't lose any weight.

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@ Mike

All in all, not that bad a comment. But there's at least one thing you and others like Ms. Kang are missing. There are plenty of us out here who don't want busybodies trying to tell us how to live our lives. If we want to be healthier or live longer, we're adults fully capable of making our own lifestyle choices without any help from you. We obviously have Internet access or we'd be pretty unlikely to hear what Ms. Kang has to say. We can find out all we need to know about healthier lifestyles with the click of a few keys. In my case, though, I happened to channel surf past Megan Kelly's show on Fox News while she was interviewing Kang. Kang came across as a singularly narcissistic and unpleasant young woman. She's far more in need of help than those she wants to lecture. To find out that she's effectively a professional bodybuilder trying to drum up business only makes her that much more obnoxious.

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@ advocatus

Inadvertently posted as a reply to the wrong comment.

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