Perhaps you've heard about Maria Kang, self-described 'hot mom', who posted this photo on Facebook - and was immediately drilled with accusations of bullying, fat-shaming, and so on.
Kang's image went viral, got the usual coverage from the usual infotainment TV programs, and she issued something of an apology to those who felt like she was acting self-righteous, even mean:
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?
First, Ms. Kang, we're glad you're healthy. Secondly, let's absolutely stop 'tip-toeing around people's feelings and get to the point'.
Although, Ms. Kang, we're afraid your point is entirely misguided. Here are what we feel are the actual points:
It's much cheaper to eat garbage than to eat healthfully, organically and thoughtfully. Real wages in the US have remained stagnant for decades
. Food prices - especially ACTUAL food, like fruits and veggies that haven't been tampered with, lean meat free of antibodies, and so on - food prices have risen significantly in that time frame.
There are vast tracts of 'food deserts' in the US
, both in urban and rural environments, where fresh produce and meat that's not shrink-wrapped into leathery submission aren't available.
The agro-advert-industrial complex designs foods that are as addictive as cocaine.
Those foods are often the cheapest. In fact, a new culprit was just added to the list.
Sorry, Ms. Kang - we're not making excuses, we'd just like to point out that like most issues we're facing right now in the U.S., the answer isn't as simple as 'exercise more willpower' or 'pull yourself up by the bootstraps.' Obesity in America is a symptom of much, much bigger societal problems than simply a refusal to get up off the couch.