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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When are people going to stop being offended by everything?? If you are offended it's definitely because you're fat! I'm sick of this stupid victim mentality of people. So many people are fkng FAT, eat too much, eat the wrong things, won't work out. Etc! And then they cry their fat eyes out and wonder why they can't lose weight while sitting in front of their computers all day, harassing this mother! Gimme a break!!!!!!

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it looks like she's been riding the White man's stick !

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why post this, who really cares and who is this self absobed person? I can picture her on the phone running her two buisnesses and children crawling everywhere, good luck with that!

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U go girl!! Fat people need to put the fork down and get off their a$$ and work!

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@ MaxiPadz

You're a fine one to talk, first you need to quit your diet of lying on your back and closing your goddamn legs you judgmental cunt!

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@ FUCK OUTTA HERE!

Hahahahahahahhaaaa! Fat fat coño!

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@ SomeJazz

Im Hong To Malé You be My alabe And tside tour bastard chuleen as My pena.

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@ SomeJazz

SUPER NASTY ASS PUTA. yeah bitch, I know your fucking language too.

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@ SomeJazz

Retard central....Thy name is Some Fucked up Jazz.

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@ FUCK OUTTA HERE!

You and your mama's cunt can go slap each other around, Bitch!

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@ SomeJazz

Stop being a fucking coward you Dipshit and have the balls to write directly to me and not to your Idiot self you fucking retard.

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@ SomeJazz

Hahahahahahahhaaaa. Ha ha. Ha...
This is funny- thanks for the laugh. That was fun! You sure have a cunt fascination- go suckle ur mom's teet and motorboat her genitals cuz it's that time!! Lollolol.

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@ SomeJazz

Don't you have a Cousin to fuck already or a methlab to tend to?

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@ FUCK OUTTA HERE!

Yes, just say no to food, fatso. You try hard but just cannot avoid your BFF- food. Quit being a lazy ass. Wish u could be put on a desert island so you starve and live off fat storage in you 100lb thigh.

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@ SomeJazz

Some jazz more like some fucking retard whose trolling for trouble and don't know when he or she is way the hell out of his or hers league. Go away peasant. Try and bother someone else. You're no match for me.

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@ FUCK OUTTA HERE!

Shut your hole, fat lady. You are fat fat fat fat ffffffffffaaaaaaatttt !!!

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@ MaxiPadz

Go back to ur mama's coño from whence u came, Bitch! I luv haterz!!!

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@ MaxiPadz

Suck a Dick and shut the fuck up you redneck CUNT.

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I have 2 kids and I don't think either are mine- one will work his ass off, he is 3 years old, he pulls weeds, cleans the liter box and never complains. The other is well over weight and will COMPLETLY destroy a Chinese Buffet.

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Dollar to Donuts- there are 3 people using all these usernames. Seek help.

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I'm not a mom, but physically I am happy the way I am. However, who ever wrote this needs to go back to grammar school.

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@ heather if u had bothered to read the story shes NOT naturally skinny she has to work hard at it. You're only comfortable with yourself because you've accepted that fact... As long as you get off the couch for a half hour and walk that's better than nothing at all. Eating Well is key as Well. Both of my sisters are obese granted they are lazyhave had five kids each, and dont care to take care of themselves. And yes one has no teeth so yes appearance does matter especially to future employers.

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Good for her! I have

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@ Liz

Oops.. I have two kids and gained a lot of weight after having them, but I made a conscious decision to go to the gym and work out and now that I've lost a bunch of weight I'm proud of it and I feel great about myself and I want to show it off too so I kind of see where she's coming from.

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@ Liz

You're completely missing the point. Maybe you should consider taking a reading comprehension course as a better use of some of your time spent in the gym. Obviously you want to show off; otherwise you'd be exercising at home and not wasting gas, money, and time going to a gym.

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It's guilt. They feel like crap bc someone else takes care of themselves. I've been heavy and I've been thin. If I hated that pic its cuz I was 200lbs n jealous. I look at it now n think "I wish I looked like THAT!" BUT I work out as often as I can w 2 kids n eat right. I'm not celebrity fit but for me?.. I look Damn good. no one can take that away. It's a choice. Everyone makes their own. I don't make people feel bad for being heavy so don't make me feel bad cuz you have a problem with how YOU look.

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