‘What’s your excuse?’ Fitness blogging mom under fire for Facebook post

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SACRAMENTO (KTXL) — A Sacramento fitness blogger has come to national attention due to a seemingly innocuous photo she posted to her Facebook page.

Maria Kang – a self-described wife, business owner and mother – has been blogging about her experiences with fitness on her website MariaKang.com since 2005. She has built up an impressive array of awards in beauty and fitness competitions.

Tuesday, a photo she posted on her Facebook page went viral due to the “fat shaming” undertones some commenters see in the picture.

Kang – dressed only in a workout bra and micro shorts – poses with her three kids in the photo, with caption “What’s your excuse?” written across the top.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the post had garnered nearly 18,000 comments and over 13,000 shares.

In response to the negative comments, Kang has released a statement apologizing to the people offended by the post:

“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? – Maria Kang”

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  • Michael

    While I won't comment on Don's thoughts…the woman is right. My ex-wife was back at normal weight within three months of my first daughter (while breastfeeding) and within six months of my second daughter. With my second daughter, she was on bed rest for the last 4 months of the pregnancy and gained quite a bit of weight.

    I see that and then see women that have gained 50-60 pounds during a pregnancy and never lose it, then 10 years later say that they are large because they had kids. No…that isn't the reason. I recognize that there are different body types in the world but don't blame excessive weight gain on having kids. It's dishonest.

  • guest

    this is another example of what's wrong with our society. someone works hard and does well and all the lazy under achievers get offended and raise a stink instead of saying "great job! way to go!

  • Laurie

    Doesn’t give her the right to slam those of us who cannot excersize physically. Being overweight is the last diversity that’s ok to torment and discriminate against. But know this, it’s not ok to shame anyone. Kuddos for getting fit after backtoback breeding, did she even skip a heat? Even my dog got a year break. See, how does that feel.

    • Mike

      Maybe if you spent 1 hour of your time doing P90X or any other workout instead of posting on the internet you would not be overweight. For many people being overweight is a choice. Unless you have a medical condition or handicap I see no reason why you can't exercise. Please don't tell me you don't have the time. I work with many people that found the time to work a full time job, take care of their kids and thought that it was important enough to work out and lose weight and live a healthy life style. I also find it ironic that you misspelled exercise.

      • James

        I'm sure her message was for those able bodied people that simply choose not to exercise. She probably helped some people to wake up. Just think of it as an intervention.