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2 People Whose Fat Shaming Got The Internet Fired Up

July 24, 2015 2 min read

To each their own. Or so the saying goes. For these two fitness fanatics, being anything but fit is a disgrace. Maria Kang, a former fitness competitor turned mom, posted a photo in 2013 on her Facebook in hopes of encouraging mothers to get back in shape, but she was criticized instead. The photo, which showed a very fit Kang with her three children, posed the question "What's your excuse?" Generating more than 16 million views, it had the Internet in a frenzy for its fat shaming message. maria kang Kang later apologized on her Facebook page, stating that she by no means meant to send a negative message, understood why it was taken that way, and continued on to bring to light her own health issues, including bad genetics and an eating disorder. This past March, Kang went on the TODAY show to promote her new book, "The No More Excuses Diet" where she explained that she was thankful for the firestorm she created 2 years ago because it gave her the popularity and promotion she needed. She says she now has "mobilized 37,000 women in 300 locations in 25 countries of 'No Excuse' mom groups, so this is a really exciting time." John Burk, an Army veteran who has since assumed the role of fitness instructor, turned to Facebook this week to post a public rant regarding his feelings on overweight people and their numerous excuses as to why they cannot lose weight. Standing shirtless with a sweaty 6-pack of abs, Burk vigorously pointed his finger at the camera as he humiliates himself with phrases like, "...when I sit there looking at somebody who is overweight, no, I find that utterly repulsive and disgusting. Why? Because it shows a lack of self discipline." fitness trainer Burk continued on to say, "...for most people, they try to come up with some bullshit excuse as to why they could be the way they are, because of sheer f*cking laziness. That is the cold truth of it." He also attacked parents, and their poor food choices due to their lack of desire to cook a healthy, well-balanced meal for their children. Fitness instructors are often praised for motivating people to work hard for their goals through positive affirmations and consistent assistance. The connection between instructor and client is like a sacred, valued friendship. But the Internet seems to feel quite different about Burk, who followed up the video with a slew of comments calling him out for his aggressive attack on obesity. How do you feel about fat shaming? Do you think there is a better way for these people to voice their opinions? Source: Gaily Grind Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_100032" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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