Mom Tries to Inspire Post-Baby Fitness, Instead She’s Under Fire for “Fat-Shaming”
The debate over post-baby body health rages on.
When Abby Pell was pregnant with her daughter Bella (now 6 years old), she gained about 50 pounds. And like most new moms, she struggled to lose her post-baby weight.
Over the course of one year Pell shed the extra pounds by following a healthy diet and frequently working out, and she wanted to encourage mothers everywhere that they could do the same by sharing her real-life story. So she posted a picture of her six-pack abs to Instagram, claiming that motherhood shouldn’t be an excuse to be unhealthy.
Pell originally shared the photo about 9 months ago, but controversy was stirred up when it was recently picked up by news sources and slammed for it’s allegedly degrading content.
According to The Mirror, commentors were saying that the picture was demeaning, and pure fat-shaming. “Exploiting your motherhood to show off is despicable and shameless,” said one user.
Pell reposted the photo to her Instragram with a lengthy new caption, explaining why she decided to share it in the first place: “I don’t want to make other women feel bad about themselves, I want them to look at me and think, if she can do it so can I. Because you can!”
The wide-spread phenomenon of attempted mom-to-mom thin-spiration turned insult was largely publicized last year when Maria Kang, a.k.a. “Fit Mom,” posted a photo similar to the one above. Kang posed with her three young kids, muscles on display, and received the same mixture of support and backlash.
Most moms will look at those pictures and think, “Ugh, if only I had the time.” Honestly… we don’t blame you—we don’t either!
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