Photo: Maria Kang’s photo has seen a backlash (facebook)

They are the motivated, snap happy, ‘fitspirational’ generation who have taken over our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

From tips for clean eating (nope, we’re not referring to washing your food) to photos of their daily workouts, their followers amass in the thousands.

Till recently Maria Kang was one of these people.  That was until she posted this photo.

The mum of three has since become the hot topic of debate as the internet questions if such posts are inspirational, motivational or just plain humiliating.

Maria has hit back at naysayers on her Facebook page, writing:

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“I’ve been getting an influx of new followers, emails and comments (on my profile pic) recently. Some saying I’m a bully, I’m fat-shaming and I need to apologize for the hurt I’ve caused women. I get it. SO here’s my First and Final Apology:

“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 business’, 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?” – Maria Kang

So where do you stand… do these posts inspire, motivate or simply humiliate?

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