Controversy erupted when California mom of three, Maria Kang, 32, updated her Facebook profile photo of herself in a cute sports bra and short shorts alongside her children, now ages 1, 3 and 4, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?”
Although the picture was posted a year ago, Kang has been ridiculed by many on her Facebook pages accusing her of shaming overweight mothers. After more than 12,000 Facebook shares and 16,000 comments, she has been forced to defend herself in this social media mommy war.
In addition to being a mother of three young children, Maria Kang is also a business owner, a wife and a fitness enthusiast. She spoke to Good Morning America recently about the backlash, “It’s a natural response. I’m used to it. But it never feels good not being liked.”
Kang continued, “I think people hiding behind their keyboards think I’m not human and I don’t have bad days. That I don’t struggle with my weight and cravings and PMS. In this picture, to them, I’m just this person that’s never experienced any hardship. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
Maria Kang swears that she is just like any other mom caring for her children and trying to balance it all, but never makes excuses to not workout. She says, “I grew up with an overweight mother and saw her struggles and that’s what inspired me to stay fit.”
While only trying to be a positive role model to other mothers, Kang chose not to respond to the negative feedback until she recently received an extremely hurtful email. “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. It was deep and hurtful.”
After reading that email, Kang made the decision to post her “First and Final Apology” on Facebook. The mom under fire 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’s, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. “
Kang went onto say, “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.” Read the rest of Maria Kang’s apology here.
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