The Today Show had a story on this photo, and I thought I'd give my take on it.
The women of Today found the picture annoying and offensive; the men thought it was more inspiring/motivational, and said if it were a man, they wouldn't be bothered by it. I'm siding with the guys here. Al made the good point that, if you don't like it, don't look at it! So that's number one. But I too find the picture more motivating than anything else. This is a woman who's saying, "I have three small children, and yet I still have a rockin' bod. You can, too!" Now Tamara made a good point that the woman in the photo is a personal trainer or somehow works in the fitness industry. So, unlike most of us who have to make time to go to the gym, this woman gets paid to go, so she does have an advantage there. But that is not the point. The point is that children should not be used as a crutch for your flab. Yes, those kids certainly helped you pack on a few pounds (one of the many reasons I don't want to have kids in the first place), but you can't blame them for keeping you fat. That's all on you. So get with the program and get fit! Start with small dieting measures (ex. cutting out soda or not going to McDonald's), and small exercise routines like taking a walk around the neighborhood. Baby steps are key: you don't want to get discouraged. Start small, make gradual changes, and even with a family, you can look like this woman. There's no excuse.