Maria Kang, a mother of three from California, posted a photo of herself with her three children on Facebook looking trim and fit dressed in a sports bra and shorts, with the caption "What's Your Excuse," which has sparked backlash on the internet.
The photo has sparked outrage among internet users and has received over 20,000 comments – some negative and others more supporting.
Kang describes herself as a busy working mom of 3 boys. She had won fitness and beauty competitions, and had once suffered from an eating disorder. She writes, " I am passionate about my faith, my family and my fitness."
In response to the negative comments, Kang posted an apology on Facebook:
I've been getting an influx of new followers, emails and comments (on my profile pic) recently. Some saying I'm a bully, I'm fat-shaming and I need to apologize for the hurt I've caused women. I get it. SO here's my First and Final Apology:
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?