“Why should overweight women be proud of their bodies?” Maria Kang recently asked on Facebook.
The question landed the California “hot mom” on temporary suspension from the social networking site for “hate speech,” reports The Blaze.
The 32-year-old fit mother of three young children, who has made no secret she loves her post-baby body, was responding to a campaign that encouraged curvier women to take “selfies.”
Her Facebook privileges have since been restored, and Kang went on her blog to explain her comments in a post titled ‘Sorry but not sorry’:
“While I speak strongly about making one’s health a priority, they very last thing I intended to express was any level of shame. No one should be ashamed of who they are, at the same time, in order to desire something greater, you have to – at some level – be uncomfortable with where you are at. When we normalize being unhealthy we create complacency to positively change.”
Kang’s picture of herself and her children on her Facebook page last year accompanied by the headline, “What’s your excuse?” sparked a whirlwind of media and public attention, both positive and negative. Since then, she's been called a "bully" and "fat shamer."
On her blog post, Kang shed some light on her controversial stand when she revealed her parents could not attend her wedding due to her mother’s health issues:
“Many put off what is important for tomorrow because of the short-term stressful or satisfying moments they experience today. Maybe one doesn’t feel their weight and unhealthy habits are taking a toll now, but it’s not a matter of ‘if ’but ‘when’ your organs, bones and overall body succumb to the additional pressure you are applying to it. Maybe you won’t be able to run with your children. Maybe you will out on special events. Maybe you might not witness your child’s wedding day.”
On Facebook, Kang told fans she was blocked by “human error” but her comments about the “obesity crisis in America” have not been restored.
Sources: The Blaze, MariaKang.com