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A few months ago, we wrote an article about Maria Kang, dubbed, “Fit Mom” by the Internet. Kang caught a ton of flack for posting a photo of her very toned body, her three small children at her feet and the caption, “What’s Your Excuse?”
Cue the backlash by angry mobs ready to burn her at the stake. She’s been called every name in the book, from a bad mother to a fat shamer, and was temporarily banned from Facebook over a comment she made in regards to obesity. Read Kang’s “apology,” ‘Sorry, but not sorry,” post.
Now, an Australian mom has joined in the melee by posting a very different type of Before/After photo of herself to promote her own, Body Image Movement, a website to facilitate “positive body image activism.” And she’s sending out her own remarks to “Fit Mom,” Maria Kang. Taryn Brumfitt, also a mother of three, also became an Internet sensation when she posted this before and after photo of herself:
Our bodies will go through many changes in our life. Our bodies change through aging, pregnancy, illness, weight loss, weight gain, the list goes on. One thing we must learn to do is love our bodies, before, during and after…
Brumfitt hated her body so much that she went to a plastic surgeon to price out a “mommy makeover.” After pondering it for about a week, she had a change of heart though, when she was watching her young daughter playing and realized that, unless she loved her body the way it was, she could never teach her young daughter the same. She decided to enter a fitness competition instead. She trained for 15 weeks, stuck to an extremely disciplined diet and went on stage in her bikini (as shown in the before photo).
She gave up the extreme dieting and exercise immediately after. Now, she lives what she describes as a healthy lifestyle – eating balanced meals and exercising a few times a week. She is free to enjoy dessert and chocolate and can choose to skip the gym once in a while. Brumfitt is “on a quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty. She says, “Women have been brainwashed into thinking fat, wrinkles and cellulite are bad. They’re not. It’s just a part of being a human being…”
Brumfitt wants to share her message of “health every size” not only to all women, but especially to Maria Kang. In her post, “Dear Maria Kang…this is my excuse,” she outlines that time with her kids, sleeping in on the weekends, and eating wants is the reason she doesn’t have the “perfect” body that is perpetuated by the beauty and diet industries “that prey on women’s insecurities.”
Screw [them], become unstoppable and learn to love your body from the inside out.
After the mini rant from my last article about this issue, I still feel the same way. Haters need to just stop perpetuating the hatred, et al.
I understand both women’s point of view. Both women have the same goal, but different paths of getting there. Maria Kang chose to go the confrontational, negative route, using a seemingly antagonistic question that fueled the fire of haters as opposed to Taryn Brumfitt’s positive, “let’s just all be friends and focus on health and balance” approach. Which one resonates with you? And let me ask you this, which lady got the most attention?
Honestly, isn’t that the whole point? For two ladies to to get the attention to promote their businesses and platforms? Feel free to debate the issue below. I’m going to go enjoy all the leftovers from my Christmas dinner now. I’ll work out…errr, tomorrow?[via @Daily Mail, Maria Kang, and Body Image Movement]