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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So, in a country where we have grown immensly, and currently hold the second fattest place in the world, where our government is trying to push for us to be healthier, so we can stop dying of heart failure and diabetes, we are going to bitch at a woman for giving someone something to motivate. This woman doesn't look annorexic or too thin, she looks healthy and very obviously takes care of her body. I applaud her. I have a friend who recently lost a ton of weight and became a Beach Body Coach. She posts stuff like this all the time, and I think its great. I understand that there are people out there that will never have this body no matter how hard they work. But I also know a TON of people who let themselves go when they got into a relationship, had a baby, and aren't even trying to fix it. All they do is bitch and moan about how they can't get skinny again, but they were the ones who ate everything and anything they wanted while pregnant, gained over 50lbs, and now continue to each shit food and not workout. Get a grip America. We are fat! And we need to start taking responsibility for that and do something about it. I workout on average 4-6 days a week, and eat as healthy as I can, while letting myself indulge at times. Seriously, what is your excuse?

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@ Stella

Love it!!

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My siater in law works as a surgical nurse and she and I both know TUMMY TUCK is 100% her exscuse

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@ lynn

That's not true, I have two kids, don't do stupa and my stomach is the same as b4. Good genes matters most. I didn't get any stretch marks either from 7.5lb babies. Guys: b4 u date a girl, go look at her mother to see what she will look like down the road.

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@ lynn

What is your excuse for misspelling 'sister?'

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@ Judge Dredd

I misspelled 'sit ups'- stupid autocorrect.

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@abe Whats the deal with always attacking Americans in your posts? You appear to dislike us, yet here you are scrolling through our websites, probably on your APPLE computer while listening to some American music? Have you ever even been to the states? I live abroad and I know, but do not understand, people like you (and most people who detest the states have never even been there). You mock us and make negative comments about us and our culture, yet you are highly influenced by it..hmmm

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If this is your fucked up way at getting my attention, you've got it. Let's talk at our regular spot. JJCC OK?

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@ @Sims

Ok- tell me when.

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@ Zoologistpa

Now.

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@ @Sims

What is jjcc?

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What a GIANT douche this woman is.

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@ Melanie

My titties are like deflated tube socks and my stomach has a spare tire with lots of extra skin from birthing my babies! The stretch marks are like a road map of saggy skin. Send me your trainer, Maria.

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@ Melanie

She's just being boastful. Don't worry she'll age just like the rest of us. And then gravity will have the final say. She can't keep those abs forever.

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@ Kimberly

You probably have saggy, stretch-marked NON abs and tube sock teets...? Amirite?

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@ Zoologistpa

Whoever you are, Eat Shit and die you fucking rubbernecking intrusive SON OF A BITCH! Go fuck yourself!

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@ Zoologistpa

Edward Sims, is that you?

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I am a 5'4'', 225 hermaphrodite and this body bothers me because I will never have it. My micropenis and boobs look horrible in a bikini, so I sit on the computer all day searching do companionship and interaction through the web. I like to watch the kardashians, bad girls club, and springer. It helps when I don't have to tend to my mom. I still sleep with her. I am 34 years old and I wish I could have children and look like this lady.

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@ FUCK OUTTA HERE

Is this some sick joke of yours?

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@ FUCK OUTTA HERE

Sad you have to resort to using another username. You sad lonely troglodyte.

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@ FUCK OUTTA HERE

Is there a dating site that you can visit? Wrong forum. Hope your mom is ok and I bet you're very obsessed because she does not look like this mom. Probably a toad.

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@ Zoologistpa

Ok, you've got my attention....JJCC ok?

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she could be a role model for all fat americans moms to stay healthy & sexy so keeping your marriage in a great shape.

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@ abe

@abe
Whats the deal with always attacking Americans in your posts? You appear to dislike us, yet here you are scrolling through our websites, probably on your APPLE computer while listening to some American music? Have you ever even been to the states? I live abroad and I know, but do not understand, people like you (and most people who detest the states have never even been there). You mock us and make negative comments about us and our culture, yet you are highly influenced by it..hmmm

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This chick looks amazing and she has accomplished a lot an she should flaunt it. People need to pick their battles a lot better than over something as trivial as this! She looks great!

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@ SomeJazz

How she looks is not the point. Her attitude is.

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Why should she be sympathetic. Fat ppl should stop looking for pity and sympathizers. Everyone handle yourself however you want and let's keep moving

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@ tee

Projecting too much are we?

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Did anyone see any "big boned" Jews in the concentration camps? NO!!!!