Maria Kang has stirred things up yet again. The mom made news last month when she posted an image of her very fit body in front of her three young children with the phrase, “What’s Your Excuse?” While she intended for it to be encouraging, many felt this was demeaning to women who couldn’t get six pack abs after the birth of any quantity of children let alone three.
Babble’s Lizzie Heiselt stated about the controversy at the time: “People, our country has a weight problem that costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in health care expenses. So why do we hate on people who actually work to not be part of that problem? Why do we bully people who are disciplined and hard-working? Why do we feel threatened when someone actually does what we wish we could do?”
And while the dust has settled in regards to her “What’s Your Excuse,” hoopla, she has become the center of a brand new hoopla. On her Facebook page she put up a post “criticizing plus-size women in lingerie,” in response to the plus-size shop Curvy Girl Lingerie‘s “Regular Women” campaign.
After Kang’s post, she was reported to Facebook on charges of abuse and she was (temporarily) locked out of her account. Facebook has stated they’ve since restored her account but the post in question will not be put back up. She told Yahoo Shine that she “felt like I’d been sent to the principal’s office and been expelled.” Facebook was not censoring Kang, but rather responding to a complaint from a user.
Regardless of the backlash, she continues to defend her outspoken opinions on issues of weight. “We’ve become so sensitive to this weight issue that people who speak out against it are vilified,” she told Yahoo Shine. “It’s so backwards to me.”
“We have a health issue in America with over 2/3 overweight or obese,” and a “healthcare crisis,” and a “childhood obesity issue.” She added that, “We need to change this strange mentality we are breeding in the U.S. and start celebrating people who are a result of hard work, dedication and discipline. I’m not bashing those who are proud and overweight, I am empowering those who are proud and healthy to come out and be the real role models in our society.”
Do you think people should keep quiet when they feel the need to talk about other’s weight issues or do you think Maria Kang is fulfilling a service by starting these sorts of conversations?
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