Maria Kang Responds To Photo Controversy Again

Maria Kang Responds To Photo Controversy Again

Maria Kang is a mom to three little boys and a fitness supporter from California.

A year ago, she posted a photo on Facebook of her and her three children. The message displayed on the photo says, “What’s Your Excuse” and displays Kang in minimal exercise attire, flaunting an enviously toned physique.

This photo has caused uproar from critical fans, blaming her for trying to embarrass and humiliate overweight moms.

Accumulating 16,000 comments on Facebook, most of them were negative.

One critic wrote: ”I don’t feel this motivates people all that much, it’s sorta just a prideful brag thrown onto Facebook in front of many women’s faces just to tease and mock them.”

Source of controversy: Exercise-loving, mother-of-three, Maria Kang, posted this photograph to Facebook – while many commentators cite her as an ‘inspiration’ some have also accused her of being ”insulting’

Source of controversy: Exercise-loving, mother-of-three, Maria Kang, posted this photograph to Facebook – while many commentators cite her as an ‘inspiration’ some have also accused her of being ”insulting’

Defending her photo Kang wrote:

“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?”

Recently, the 32-year-old decided to speak up after receiving a very upsetting email in which Kang stated, “It said I should be ashamed of myself and that I should take down my Facebook profile picture. It said I’m a shame to women.

Once again defending the photo, she wrote:

“I know some of you have seen the news and the motherhood/weight/bully/fat-shaming debate is on a roll. For those who have supported me and follow my site and this page I want to say THANK YOU. You know who I am. You know I have stretchmarks. I have excess skin. I get depressed. I’m often overwhelmed and I’m not always motivated to eat healthy and exercise. But, I do it. I may splurge on chocolate or miss a workout – but I never stop, I never quit, and I never stop striving. I am a real mom, with real obligations and this is a real picture of me – excess skin and all – saying YOU are beautiful. Motherhood is beautiful. AND it can make you better!”

Keeping fit and healthy: Ms Kang said that she didn’t intend to upset people and she hoped the photo would inspire others to feel better about themselves

Keeping fit and healthy: Ms Kang said that she didn’t intend to upset people and she hoped the photo would inspire others to feel better about themselves