It seems Facebook isn’t so tolerant of fat-shaming, after all.
UPDATE: Maria Kang, the fitness enthusiast and mum of 3 who drew the ire of the internet by asking mothers “What’s Your Excuse?” for not being in shape, has been banned by Facebook this week.
According to reports, the 32-year-old posted a tirade on her public Facebook page in response to the recent Curvy Girl lingerie campaign. Maria slammed the campaign, suggesting it “normalises being unhealthy” and that there is “unrelenting support” for people who are “borderline obese”. She also took aim at “news stories about how overweight, nearly obese women should be proud of their bodies.”
We assume many of her supporters agreed with the sentiment, but Facebook was none too pleased. On her website, Maria revealed the social media giant had temporarily blocked her from posting content. You can read her response here.
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Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more pressure and unwarranted judgement directed at mothers, along comes this photo.
California-based Maria Kang, a mum of three who runs a fitness non-for-profit business, shared the image on her Facebook page in an attempt to inspire mums to get in shape.
Only, instead of inspiring them, she's managed to enrage, offend and insult them.
Maria is pictured kneeling behind her three children, aged 3, 2 and 8 months - but it's her six-pack and svelte figure that's the real centrepiece. "What's your excuse?" the image demands. The message is clear: Mums, no matter how exhausted or overwhelmed you are by raising a human life, or three, there's no reason for you to not resemble a Sports Illustrated cover girl. As we all know, 'Regaining Hot Body' is the first chapter of Effective Parenting 101.
Although it was originally shared in 2012, the image has gone viral in recent weeks. While some of its 16,000 respondents have posted messages of support, many more have voiced their anger, labelling her a 'fat shaming bully'.
Sarah, a mum of two, wrote the following on Maria's website: "First: many of us end up with stretch marks after kids…. A LOT OF THEM! I have two kids and both have caused my skin to stretch soo bad ... Second: I am an avid runner. I run my two kids in a double jogger. Do I look like a runner? Nope. As a matter of fact, unless people know me, they don't believe me. I do half and full marathons ...'People like you who post pictures like this make people like me cry because I know that without surgery to lose the extra skin I will never look like you."