Remember ‘Fitness Mom’ Maria Kang, who landed in hot water recently for posting a picture of her toned self along with her three young children and the caption, “What’s your excuse?”
She’s back, and this time she claims she was blocked from Facebook for ranting about a campaign for plus-sized women launched by Curvy Girl Lingerie.
The 32-year-old California mom wrote that she was “annoyed” by “news stories about how overweight, nearly obese women should be proud of their bodies.” She also said Chrystal Bougon, the owner of Curvy Girl Lingerie, was normalizing “being unhealthy.” She continued:
“We need to change this strange mentality we are breeding in the U.S. and start celebrating people who are a result of hard work, dedication and discipline … I’m not bashing those who are proud and overweight, I am empowering those who are proud and healthy to come out and be the real role models in our society.”
Well, except for she kind of is bashing those who are overweight. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be proud if you’re overweight, it’s just that you have no dedication or discipline. Or something.
There’s a lot more to health than being a size two. When I first saw the “What’s your excuse?” poster, I laughed to myself and thought -- cheese. And bread. And wine. And sammiches.
You know what? I’m ok with that. I keep it in moderation, and I exercise, but I care more about food and not running ten miles a day than being a size two.
But this new post fat-shaming women that are learning to accept their lifestyle choices and be ok with them is a bit much. There’s nothing wrong with Ms. Kang’s fitness regimen. It works for her, and that’s great. But it doesn’t mean she’s a better person than someone that chooses to put more focus into other parts of their lives than how many crunches they do a day.
After posting the rant, Ms. Kang’s was blocked from Facebook for two days, and she says it’s because it was tagged as “hate speech.” When her access was restored, the post was not.
Hate speech? Probably not. Unfortunate choice of words? More likely.
Do you believe that overweight women could and should be proud of their bodies?
Image via Maria Kang/Facebook