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Maria Kang, Fitness Advocate Censored On Facebook For Fat Shaming

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Maria Kang, Fitness Advocate Censored On Facebook For Fat Shaming

Maria Kang, Fitness Advocate Censored On Facebook For Fat Shaming

Maria Kang (left), received attention months ago for posting this picture.

Maria Kang (left), received attention months ago for posting this picture.

Although we view fat shaming as a cruel form of bullying, there are many who disagree with us and think it’s okay. In fact, some people justify fat shaming by categorizing it as a form of advocacy.

After seeing an article about Curvy Girl Lingerie’s selfie campaign on Facebook, fitness advocate Maria Kang took to her Facebook page to share her thoughts on the initiative and the support that plus size women receive regarding loving their bodies.

“The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30-40lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor health negatively effects a family, a community and a nation,” Kang said.

Three hours after posting her comments, a user reported the content to Facebook because it was viewed as offensive, and it was ultimately removed.

Instead of standing behind their decision, Facebook claims the post was removed in error and they’ve promised not to remove the post if it went up again. Honestly, I think they’re just trying to avoid legal action.

After reading over Maria Kang’s comments and discussing the situation with others, I honestly don’t view her comments as fat shaming.  However, they are insensitive opinions which can damage the self-esteem of others. Because of the insensitivity factor, Kang’s post and posts like it should be removed.  Because we live in such a digital age, it’s important to properly moderate the words of others. Whether the removal was a mistake or not, I applaud the Facebook employee who hit “DELETE.”

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