While she might not look it, Maria Kang has three children between the ages of 1 and 4.
Though proud of her physique, this self-proclaimed "no-excuse mom" is being accused of "fat-shaming" after she posted a photo on Facebook showing her toned body with her three boys and asking, "What's your excuse?"
Maria Kang, a 32-year-old proud of her body, and her three children. (Image source: Maria Kang/Facebook)
The photo was posted last year with Kang asking people to share her message, but some didn't take too kindly to it.
It rubbed some the wrong way, so much so that Kang issued an apology of sorts in late September, which has been shared more than 14,500 times. She admitted to Yahoo! Shine it's actually more of a "non-apology."
"Some saying I'm a bully, I'm fat-shaming and I need to apologize for the hurt I've caused women," Kang wrote in a post.
Maria Kang does an abdominals workout with her boys. (Image source: Maria Kang /Facebook)
"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' (sic), have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer," she continued. "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."
Kang went on to say that she can't help how some people interpreted her message and that perhaps, "it's time we stop tip-toeing around people's feelings and get to the point."
Kang shared why she is speaking out about the photo with KXTV-TV this week:
On Tuesday, Kang posted her response to some of the most frequent comments that she got on the photo. She clarified that she in fact does work (she's self-employed), no, her abs are not the result of Photoshop, and she only works out 30 to 60 minutes per day.
[sharequote align="center"]"What’s your Excuse for not exercising?"[/sharequote]
"Every woman is different and my intention was not to ask, 'What’s your excuse for not looking like me?' My intention was to imply, 'What’s your excuse for not exercising?' However you interpret the message is dependent on your emotional state when you read the caption," Kang said in her recent blog post.
Maria Kang and her husband. (Image source: Maria Kang/Facebook)
Kang isn't the only mom who has received criticism recently for her attitude or for working out. A woman who was eight months pregnant was called "selfish" when she was photographed doing a CrossFit workout.
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