Recently my husband shared with me an article about a mom that is accused of calling people fat.
If you haven’t heard, there is a 32 year old mom of 3 in California named Maria Kang being called as a fat shamer. Maria, who is a fitness enthusiast, had a picture taken of her and her 3 boys. The picture showed Maria’s toned body, the ages of her 3 boys (3, 2, and 8months) and the caption” What’s your excuse?” at the top.
I’m not sure if words can express how disappointed I am with how this mom is being called a fat shamer because of this.
Unfortunately, more often than not, people who are unhappy with themselves will criticize people that have what the unhappy person thinks they want. A lot of us still think the grass is greener on the other side.
“It’s a natural response. I’m used to it,” Kang, 32, told GoodMorningAmerica.com of the picture she originally posted a year ago. “But it never feels good not being liked. I think people hiding behind their keyboards think I’m not human and I don’t have bad days. … That I don’t struggle with my weight and cravings and PMS. In this picture, to them, I’m just this person that’s never experienced any hardship.”
But that couldn’t be farther from the truth, she said.
“I grew up with an overweight mother and saw her struggles and that’s what inspired me to stay fit,” she said. “My mother was admitted into the ER for health related reasons on my wedding day. She really inspired me to take care of myself.”
As a mom of three kids around the same age as Maria, I understand the dedication it took for her to get fit.I’m disappointed that many have chosen to criticize her instead of applauding her hard work and thanking her for being a great role model to moms that have a desire to fit, but feel like they can’t because of their responsibilities.
What do you think?
Is Maria a “fat shamer” or a role model?
Does her photo motivate you?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.