November 27, 2013 2:36 pm
Updated: November 27, 2013 3:37 pm

‘What’s your excuse?’ mom temporarily banned from Facebook following obesity comments

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TORONTO – She’s “sorry but not sorry.”

Maria Kang, the woman with the washboard abs and three kids all under three years old, was temporarily banned from Facebook after her comments about obesity went viral this week.

Last month, the Sacramento woman garnered international media attention after she posted a photo flaunting her toned figure and young family, asking other women, “What’s your excuse?”

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This time, Kang read an article about obese and plus-sized women posing in lingerie. She didn’t like what she saw.

Here’s what her deleted post allegedly said:

“I woke up this morning to news stories about how overweight, nearly obese women should be proud of their bodies (as they posed in lingerie). I think we should all accept how any healthy body through good nutrition and exercise manifests but I’m starting to get annoyed…”

She pointed to an obesity epidemic in adults and children in the U.S. in her comments.

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“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,” she wrote. Read the full deleted message here.

Kang said that within three hours, her account was blocked on Facebook, suggesting her comments were “hate speech.” She then took to her blog.

“The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30 to 40 lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor health negatively effects [sic] a family, a community and a nation,” Kang explained.

“I feel completely misunderstood… In our fast-paced world of news media, it’s easier to categorize someone as a ‘fat-shamer,’ a ‘hater’ or even a ‘bully,’ without understanding the full story,” she wrote in a subsequent blog post.

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Kang was handed her account back but the post wasn’t restored. Despite the negative response to her stance, Kang’s sticking to her words:

“When we normalize being unhealthy we create complacency to positively change. I am sorry but not sorry,” she said. Take a look at how her readers responded to her semi-apology.

Maria Kang has three kids all under the age of three years old and a six-pack of abs to boot. And in a photo flaunting her toned figure and young family, the mom and business woman asks others, “What’s your excuse?”

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