Maria Kang Facebook photo controversy: Today Show spotlights photo that goes viral on the web

Is she 'Fat shaming' or encouraging people?

A Facebook photo published some time ago recently went viral on the web.

Maria Kang posted it.

Shared more than 15,000 times, the picture shows the physically-fit woman and her three young sons.

The Today Show discussed it Wednesday morning because it said some people are accusing her of being a bully or 'fat shaming' mothers. Others said she is just trying to motivate people.

Here's how they discussed it:

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Here's how Maria responded on her Facebook page:

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

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