Maria Kang had social media buzzing earlier this year for posting a photo of toned and extremely fit body with her three children. She had the tagline “What’s your excuse?” on the photo, insinuating that those with children should all be fit like she was. Many criticized her for “fat-shaming” mothers into trying to be fit and having a “perfect” body after giving birth to children. Now a 35 year old mother from Australia is fighting back.
Taryn Brumfitt sparked a buzz on the internet when she posted a before and after shot of her body once she had children. Before her kids came along she was tanned, toned, and fit. After her children she was still very healthy but not quite as toned. The message that she wanted to convey is that having a “perfect” body is not quite what it is cracked up to be. She has been applauded by many women for showing others that you can still be healthy and still look beautiful without having to be “perfect”.
Brumfitt stated that to look like she did before she had children was something that could be done by everyone if they gave up everything that they loved. She had admitted to feeling like a selfish mother because she spent more time worrying about her diet and about getting enough exercise in that she neglecting spending time with her kids. After her first son was born she was horrified at her body image. She tried losing weight but then became pregnant with her second, and then her third. She was so disgusted with how she looked that she went for a consultation with a plastic surgeon for [email protected] implants and a tummy tuck.
Brumfitt said that one day while she was playing with her daughter she realized that surgery was going to be out of the question. She needed to teach her daughter about a healthy body image and how to love herself for who she is without going through surgery or giving up everything that she loved in life.