“What's your excuse?” asks mother of three Maria Kang, whose Facebook post of herself in a sports bra, toned abs and three young boys is generating quite a bit of discussion. Those who support her say her picture inspires them and assures them it is possible to be fit post-kids. Others feel that she is unfairly targeting overweight women and telling them they have no excuse not to look like her.
Fox News on Oct.16 carried the controversial post and some of the comments.
Michelle Wyatt, who clearly takes odds with Maria’s post, comments, "I'm not fat so please don't take it as I'm ‘miserable' and ‘unhappy' with myself, but not everybody wants to look just like you!! Just saying! Posting pics of yourself and your hot body and telling everybody that they don't have an excuse and that they should look just like you is NOT ok! We all can see that you have a hot body, but posting pics and telling people that they should look just like you will only make them feel worse about themselves when they realize that they can't!!"
But more are coming to Maria’s side.
Wayne Rainey wrote, "No need for apologies. If people would wake up and realize that there is indeed a growing epidemic of obesity in this country then maybe there would be less hate."
Jessie Hollifield wrote, "I have two kids. I'm overweight. I saw this picture and said, ‘I wish I had her motivation!’ Good for her, people are too sensitive these days. If you got offended by this picture then maybe you need to get up and change something about yourself!"
The photo now has close to 20,000 comments, and because many lash out at her, Kang felt prompted to write an apology of sorts:
"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."
Where do you fall on the pic? Inspirational or antagonistic? Sound off below.