Thank You Maria Kang

Usually, when I browse through the posts each morning about weight, body image, and eating disorders I am less than impressed.

It’s always another “magical” approach to lose weight or a so-called “new” explanation for our struggles.

But this morning I was practically jumping for joy when I saw the article about Maria Kang.

I remember seeing this viral post:

'Fit Mom' Maria Kang apologises for promoting unrealistic body image

And I wanted to reach through my phone and punch her.

Luckily, as it turns out, she now wants to do the same.

She realized that she was promoting a very unhealthy message and admitted to, “struggles with binge eating, Bulimia, Body Dysmorphia, and Depression”.

I commend her and support her in not only realizing her past mistakes but completely owning up to them. She didn’t have to publicly admit to all of this. She could have quietly faded in the background or continued a facade. But she was brave enough to step out and humanize herself.

Thank you, Maria Kang, for bringing yourself back to the basic human level that we all share.

And for the rest of us, we have to stop celebrating weight loss and skinny posts on social media. Every time we hit like or comment “you look great” on a person who is showing their body we reinforce the message that the way the body looks is important.

People need to stop hearing “your stomach looks great” or even “you look great” and instead need to hear “you are great”.

Most importantly, they need to hear that message from within themselves.

When we stop normalizing and celebrating bodies and start focusing on who people are and what they do, we will see a lot less of the mistakes that Maria Kang fell trap into. Because it’s not her fault. This is the culture we live in.

We need to do better.

About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.