Funny or fat-shaming? Mom faces backlash over six-pack abs Instagram photo

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WEST SUSSEX, England– A mom is at the center of a six-pack abs controversy after posting a photo on Instagram, showing her abs, with her daughter standing next to her pointing at her stomach and the caption, “I have a kid, a six pack and no excuse.”

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Abby Pell, 33, a nutritionist and fitness competitor from Britain, said she thought it would be funny, but many accused her of fat shaming other moms and setting a bad example for her little girl.

Pell addressed the backlash on Instagram:

“I’ve been accused of adding to unnecessary pressure put on women and more specifically mums to lose weight. I would like to clarify that this is not my objective whatsoever.

The message I want to portray is for all the women/mums/girl who aren’t happy or confident with themselves and the reason they don’t try to do anything about it is because they think it’ll be too hard or even impossible to get results.

Everyone could make excuses, too many people think it’s easier not to try than to risk failure. It’s not the case. 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!

I don’t “live” in the gym, I don’t eat “nothing but rabbit food” I do have a ton of other time consuming commitments and days that stress me out, I crave chocolate and wine and sometimes I would rather spend my evenings sat on the sofa eating hobnobs and watching TV than sweating my butt off in the gym… But I make time for exercise and I make healthy choices when it comes to what I eat. It’s about priorities and I don’t regret the choices I’ve made. It’s not easy but it’s a lot easier than looking in the mirror every day and not feeling happy with the reflection staring back at you.  Be happy, be healthy and empower others to feel same.”

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