Fitness mom pumps up social media controversy

Fitness mom pumps up social media controversy

Fitness mom pumps up social media controversy


by KGW Staff

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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 2:00 PM

 SACRAMENTO, Calif -- A fitness enthusiast and mother of three continued to cause a stir Wednesday as social media reaction surrounding her controversial Facebook posts spilled over into the mainstream media.

Maria Kang, 32, received a torrent of comments around her one-year-old posting that featured her toned physique and 3 children underneath the heading “What’s your excuse?”

Kang’s Facebook page has gotten 16 million views according to media reports and many have said her post was tantamount to bully obese people. A Sept. 25 reaction Kang posted to accusations she was ‘Fat-slamming’ has gotten 200,000 likes and over 24,000 comments:

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.

The image, and Kang’s no apologies, no excuses stance, has become talk show fodder from the View to the Today Show. Newly minted mom and TV’s Snooki, told Yahoo Shine she didn’t think Kang was being obnoxious. "It’s not offensive at all, because that's what lazy people say."

Some KGW Facebook fans regarded the story as a fake controversy, but a morning post garnered some 300 responses, the vast majority of them supported Kang:

D Wyatt Gib
Haters will hate, I see nothing but a strong woman who knows her own self worth

Renee Ryan
If this is what it takes for a woman to be worthy, then we have a pretty screwed up thought process.

Crystal Clemenceau
People are so concerned with being politically correct about equal body types that some actually forget that it's not good to be obese.

Chris Armstrong
The issue isn't her being in shape or working out! My issue is more with her intentions when she posted the pic with the headline! Making yourself feel better at the expense of others is called bullying!

Many commenters thought Kang’s body was the result of her metabolism, being a stay-at-home parent or professional trainer. Kang actually runs a care facility for the elderly and according to Yahoo, she became a fitness enthusiast as a way to combat bulimia. Her husband, a former security contractor, was injured in Iraq and is no longer able to work.

Heidi Howard
I'll say it plainly here: people are pissed because this woman is taking away their easy excuses for being unhealthy!

Erin Foust
I wouldn't have a problem with it if she hadn't posted above it "what's your excuse?" She looks great but instead of inspiring women it seems she's bragging.

Eric Davies
Personally, I think a person SHOULD be ashamed of letting themselves go. It shows a lack of respect for oneself, and for the people who care about you.

Vanessa Jones
If the headline said something like "if I can do it, so can you." Some people would find it more encouraging...

To those who are writing nasty comments, consider yourself a BULLY.


Kang and the coverage around her have clearly struck a nerve and created a hurricane of opinion in a way that only social media can.

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