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Maria Kang, known as the “Fit Mom,” was temporarily banned from Facebook this week after she wrote a post complaining about the positive media coverage of an online group that encourages plus-sizewomen to post photos of themselves in lingerie to show what “real women” look like.
Kang, who caused controversy earlier this year by posting a photo of herself with her sons under the tag line “What’s Your excuse?” wrote on her Facebook page that she was “starting to get annoyed” at the attention the online group was getting.
Kang then went on to write about high obesity rates in the U.S., including childhood obesity.
“We keep blaming the culprit (school lunches, fast food) when the real change starts at home,” wrote Kang.
Kang told ABCNews.com that she was especially frustrated by the positive media attention the lingerie group received after she’d received such intense criticism for posting the photo of herself in a bikini alongside her sons.
“People made me feel bad about posting a picture of me and my children,” said Kang, who said she feared the media coverage of the lingerie group was “normalizing” obesity. “When you see someone who is healthy it’s almost so shocking. … We’ve gone to a point where we’re normalizing [a health] crisis.
In her deleted post on Facebook, Kang wrote that “We need to change this strange mentality we are breeding in the U.S.”
Kang wants to highlight people who, she said, make fitness and health a priority. “Start celebrating people who are a result of hard work, dedication and discipline.”
After Kang put the post on Facebook it was flagged by a reader, and the social media site removed it, calling it “hate speech,” according to ABC’s affiliate KGO in San Francisco.
But after it banned Kang, Facebook then said the post had been taken down by mistake and reinstated Kang’s access to the social media site. According to KGO, Kang’s original post was not reposted.
Kang wrote another message on her Facebook page about the controversy, saying she didn’t want to shame overweight people but that she believes people are celebrating unhealthy habits.
“I think you should love yourself,” Kang told ABCNews.com. “But there’s a fine line we’re walking between I love myself and accept myself, and I love and accept and want to progress myself.”
Nov 29, 2013 12:02pm
Utter chaos at a Walmart in Elkin, N.C. as shoppers try to get the best deal, Thanksgiving Day in the evening. Credit: SoIDecidedTo/Youtube
Walmart reported strong Black Friday crowds as shoppers jammed stores seeking bargains on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Though some pushing and shoving was reported, Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., told reporters on a conference call today that “any time you get more than 22 million people together you’re going to have some behavior you’re not proud of.” He said the number of incidents was down from last year.
The world’s largest retailer said it expects this year’s sales to top last year, when 22 million customers were served on Thanksgiving Day.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Walmart processed more than 10 million register transactions in its stores, the chain reported. To help control crowds, Walmart handed out 1 million wristbands for popular products, allowing people to shop while they waited for deals.
Top sellers in Walmart stores and online included big screen televisions, the iPad mini, laptops, XBOX ONE, PS4 and Call of Duty Ghosts.
At Target, where nearly all doorbusters were available on Thanksgiving Day, “traffic and sales were among the highest Target has seen in a single day,” the retailer said in a statement. In the early morning hours, when the doorbusters first became available, Target.com saw two times more orders over last year at that time.
The top sellers included: iPad Air, several large screen TVs, Nintendo 3DS XL and Zoomer the Robot Dog, which sold out by mid-morning.
The early start has created a Black Thursday, which had upset some employees who have to work. But the biggest crowds were out this morning.
Some 15,000 were in line for Macy’s opening at its flagship store in New York, according to the retailer’s CEO.
The National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales to rise 4 percent to $602 billion this year, topping the 3.5 percent growth rate of last year.
SHOWS: Good Morning America
Nov 29, 2013 11:33am
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To the chagrin of millions of fans across the globe, David Beckham announced his retirement from professional soccer earlier this year.
But Becks, 38, has a new full-time role.
“I’ve got four kids to chase around every single day, so I’m Dad,” he said during interviews for “The Class of 92,” a documentary about Manchester United – a team he played for from 1991 to 2003.
Beckham and wife Victoria’s four children – sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, and daughter Harper – have the famous ex-soccer star pretty busy.
“I take them to school, I pick them up from school,” he said. “I take them to football practice or ballet classes. So, that’s kind of what I do, day in and day out.”
In the documentary, Metro, a British website, reported Beckham also discussed what it was like to be hazed by the team in the early 1990s.
“The fact that I had to look at Clayton Blackmore’s calendar and do certain things, while looking at Clayton Blackmore. I mean it was embarrassing to talk about!” he said in the film. “Everyone had an initiation that you had to go through on the youth team, that was one of the most uncomfortable ones.”
SHOWS: Good Morning America
Nov 29, 2013 10:59am
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A 3-year-old American foxhound named Jewel earned the Best in Show title yesterday during the 2013 National Dog Show, presented by Purina.
Of all the adorable pooches, Jewel is the first hound to win the title in 12 years.
To grab the award for Best in Show, Jewel beat out a Norfolk Terrier, standard schnauzer and bearded collie, among others.
There were more than 1,500 dogs judged at the show in Philadelphia, according to Yahoo Sports.
Jewel’s handler, Lisa Miller, said, “She is probably the best American foxhound I’ve ever bred.”