‘What’s Your Excuse?’ Sacramento Mom Comes Under Fire for Facebook Post

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The photo Kang posted to her Facebook page.

SACRAMENTO—

A Sacramento fitness blogger has come to national attention due to a seemingly innocuous photo she posted to her Facebook page.

Maria Kang – a self-described wife, business owner and mother – has been blogging about her experiences with fitness on her website MariaKang.com since 2005. She has built up an impressive array of awards in beauty and fitness competitions.

Tuesday, a photo she posted on her Facebook page went viral due to the “fat shaming” undertones some commenters see in the picture.

Kang – dressed only in a workout bra and micro shorts – poses with her three kids in the photo, with caption “What’s your excuse?” written across the top.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the post had garnered nearly 18,000 comments and over 13,000 shares.

In response to the negative comments, Kang has released a statement apologizing to the people offended by the post:

“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? – Maria Kang”

What do you think? Is this a case of fat shaming or just a well-meaning post taken the wrong way? Sound off below.

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13 comments

  • proudmomma77

    People are taking this the wrong way. Shes not trying to b boastful, shes trying to be inspiring for the moms out there that blame there kids for being fat. U go girl!!

  • berand

    No need to apologize for anything, Maria… You look maaaahvelous! Your call to action "What's your excuse" is inspiring. It should be picked up by 24-hr Fitness Center. Let's face it. We are flabby and need a nudge to make it on down to the gym. You get two 'round the world snaps and a "you go girl"!

  • Jamie

    I am a full time mom and wife, part time massage therapist, and a full time nursing student, I too find at least 4-5 days a week to workout. By working out I benefit mentally, physically, and emotionally. I want to thank her for her post because I could have many excuses, but life is full of choices and if you choose not to exercise that’s an individuals choice. So the moral of this post is for all the haters just remember it is truly your choice to not work out!!! Thanks again for your post! ☺️

  • Mother of 7

    I agree. I believe she is only trying to be encouraging. I believe the woman who misinterpret this posting are only doing so because they don’t want to look in the mirror and ask themselves the question, ” Why cant I do that?”. As a mom myself, I do understand the struggle to maintain while pregnant, but, I did manage to do it, even though my family and myself are prone to obesity, I did it because I wanted to give my children the best start they could have in life and to show them the correct eating habits. My children are all grown now and I am proud to say that everyone of them still prefer an Apple over a Candy Bar.

  • Nicole

    Yes its inspiring. I’m not a “fat mom” but I’m pregnant with our third child and out of work because of a heart condition that’s come about during this pregnancy. With only one person providing for our family, and no business owned, we can’t afford the gym memberships, supplements, and lets gave it, the healthy organic foods that ARE more expensive. So Maria is one that is LUCKY to have the financial ability (and help with children while she works out, and competes) to become the beauty she has. So what’s my excuse? MONEY.

  • Hilary

    I signed up and posted a comment but went under the wrong post……anyway, I have been INSPIRED! God Bless her for opening my eyes. I am FAT and hate it! Printing that picture and putting it on my fridge!!!

  • CJ Allen

    Saw your profile on Good Morning America & all i gotta say is…

    1: working out is your job so bragging about having a flat stomach is like a chef bragging that he can cook!!!

    2: you obvisiously live in either Roseville or Rockin…so its not like you have anything better to do but workout!!!

    3: your husband probably works for the state making $100,000 a year to sit on his ass so you dont have to have a real job!!!

    Sincerely Yours,

    CJ Allen :)

  • jazzmannca

    You're WRONG Nicole. No-one needs a GYM or MONEY to exercise. You can CHOOSE to go for walks, go run or simply do burpies, pushups, squats, leg lifts and dips using the furniture in your home. Heck you don't even need furniture. If you can sit down and stand up, you can exercise. To say otherwise you're lying to yourself. Stop being a hater.

  • Cindy 46

    Women heed even a portion of her advice. Start by eating a little healthier or taking the kids for a walk. Obesity is a big problem in American homes. She seems to be trying to get our lazy butts up for a little walk and get our minds thinking. I think she’s great! A very positive I spiring person.

  • Celtic_Matt

    The SacBee article says she has First 5 grant funding so one has to wonder how much of our tax money is funding this megalomaniac?