(KXTV) -- A California mom accused of fat shaming is defending the photo she posted on Facebook of her in a bikini. The image has gotten millions of views and thousands of comments. Many of them are complimentary. Others are not.
When Sacramento fitness guru and mother of three Maria Kang posted a picture of her hot body on Facebook one year ago it went viral. Today there are more than 18,000 comments.
The photo was taken just eight months after having her third child. Looking fit and furious, the caption across the top says: "What's your excuse?"
But while the comments have primarily been positive, Maria has also received some flack from women calling her a bully, fat-shaming and some even asking her to apologize for the hurt she has caused women. The comment that struck her most was that she was a bad mom.
"I just put my foot down and said you know what I'm going to respond to this because for the last year I haven't really responded," Kang said.
So she recently reposted the photo, with what she calls a "non-apology."
"I never called you fat, I never said that you were a bad mother, I never said what's your excuse for not looking like me, I never said anything like that. I just came out and said you need to own the thoughts you put in your own head because I didn't put it there you did."
"Women's snarkiness is a form of bullying," said Lorri Ann Code, a fitness instructor who works primarily with moms trying to get back down to their pre-baby shape. She says women should take no shame in taking time out for themselves, and the cattiness among other women needs to stop.
Kang admits the road to weight loss wasn't always an easy one. "Being a perfectionist, it made me very focused on my eating, and therefore influenced me to become bulimic."
After a four year battle with bullimia, Kang dug deep to find her own confidence, and set out to make a change. She met the love of her life, and started a family. Now she says, she makes time to take care of herself the right way.
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