Is This Mum of 3 Too Ripped for Her Own Good?

Maria Kang, a fitness enthusiast who has 3 boys under 3 years old, was accused of 'fat shaming' after an aspirational photo she posted on Facebook went viral.

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32-year-old mom Maria Kang drew criticism after she posted this picture on Facebook, prompting one woman to call her 'a shame to women.'

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Maria Kang of Sacramento, Calif., shared a glossy shot of herself in ab-revealing workout gear along with her brood of three boys ages three years and under, below the caption "What's your excuse?"

She is a TV fitness expert who also owns a residential care home for the elderly. She says:

"I felt that if others can overcome incredible challenges to be in shape, why would my story be any different?"
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Kang believes that if she has time to stay in shape, everyone else should, too. To get that message across, Kang posted the photo on her Facebook page.

On her personal website, Maria Kang describes herself as a 'wife, mother, business owner and nonprofit founder.'

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While the photo drew its share of compliments, the implication that other busy mothers have no excuse for not being as taut and toned as Kang was too much for some.

This photo has caused uproar from critical fans, blaming her for trying to embarrass and humiliate overweight moms. Her original post has reached over 16,000 comments on Facebook – with a large majoritiy being negitive.

One critic wrote: ”I don’t feel this motivates people all that much, it’s sorta just a prideful brag thrown onto Facebook in front of many women’s faces just to tease and mock them.”

Commenter Janie Gray said: "Inspiring? This is shaming women and is incredibly offensive. Yeah, maybe if I could afford a personal trainer and a nanny I could have a body like that, but as it is I'm still doughy because I, you know, spend time with my children instead of in a gym."

Another said: "Shame shame shame. Genetics, circumstances, health, and how about this? It's not your business why someone else looks the way they do.

"How dare you shame mothers who have given up and made huge sacrifices for their kids, for not "looking right" to you? How dare you be cruel to women who have gone through everything for their babies?"

Kang chose not to respond to the backlash until she received a hurtful personal email, she told on Tuesday. She said:

"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 businesses, 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?"

She adds: "For those of you who have legitimate excuses then that’s your excuse! I’m not saying there isn’t one."

"I’m saying that for the majority of people out there who use multiple kids (or just one), a job, lack of time, lack of support – as an excuse, then maybe you can take my story and my image and use that as a source of inspiration."

Her post has generated over 20,000 shares to date, as well as encouragement from some followers.

"Your photo is amazing and a great example of what is possible for anyone. Having kids or not having kids should not be an excuse," one supporter wrote.

"There is no problem in showing people that sexy is possible after having kids," another echoed.

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