Maria Kang, the fit mom who posted a photo on Facebook a few weeks ago showing off her toned abs and three kids with a "What's your excuse?" caption, apologized this week after people online accused her of "fat-shaming."
Kang, 32, of Sacramento, Calif., made the photo her profile picture on Facebook last month in an effort to inspire people.
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"I wanted to say, 'I know you think you don’t have time if you have kids. But if I can do it, you can do it, too,'" the mother of three boys all under age three told Yahoo! Shine.
The photo sparked a barrage of backlash.
"Those precious little things need their mommy more than they need you to have glamour muscles," one person commented.
"Not that I *NEED* an excuse for not working out, but here's mine you self-righteous idiot … fibromyalgia," another posted.
"You are a bully with a super inflated sense of your own self," someone else wrote.
Kang, who suffered from an eating disorder as a teen, said she prides herself on being a good mom, maintaining a busy schedule — she owns two small residential care facilities for the elderly and runs the non-profit organization Fitness Without Borders — and finding time to work out. She recently posted an "apology" on Facebook directed at her "haters."
"I'm sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way," she wrote. "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."
Many others applauded Kang and thanked her for the motivation.
"Thanks for being a inspiration and for enduring through the obstacles and temptations to come out on top and show all the moms out there that we can do it!" one Facebook user posted.
"You are such an inspiration!!!" another said. "I have 2 kids and would give anything to look that great! In no way is this picture 'bullying.' Those people are insecure about themselves. This picture motivates me!!"
"You don't ever have to apologize to no one for your actions," someone else commented. "I didn't find anything wrong with it. People are too sensitive these days."
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