There is a lot of controversy over a Facebook picture posted by Maria Kang, a mother of three from California. Christian Post reported on Oct. 17, 2013, that a lot of backlash has come her way after she posted a pic on Facebook of her in a sports bra and shorts and posing with her three young children with the caption of "What's Your Excuse?"
The picture ended up with more than 12,000 shares and over 20,000 comments and went viral quickly. Now, Kang is attempting to defend herself and her choice to post the pic.
Her defending herself comes from the fact that many people took offense to the pic. A lot of people thought that the picture was an attack on overweight people and trying to rip on them. The comments on the picture were very negative at times and not happy.
Kang is a working mother of three young boys and has won fitness and beauty competitions in the past. She had once suffered from an eating disorder and didn't mean to offend anyone.
Maria Kang took to Facebook to speak up for herself and offer up an "apology" of sorts. She isn't truly sorry for what she did, but she at least wanted to say something.
"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?"