Local fitness trainer apologizes for comments about large Cardinals fan

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In this 2011 photo, Keath Hausher leads a group of about 30 kids on a hike through Queeny Park while they wear 70-pound ruck sacks. (Photo by Christian Gooden, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A local fitness trainer under fire for supposedly fat-shaming a woman at a Cardinals game via a Facebook post has apologized.

Keath Hausher posted an apology Friday afternoon to his fitness company page:

“I would like to take a moment to express my apologies to the individual in the photograph I posted and those it upset. One of the things I have learned quite painfully over the last couple of days is how sometimes something that is well intentioned can be executed poorly.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Hausher posted a picture of an overweight woman who he said was sitting in front of him at Monday’s Cardinals-Cubs game. Hausher, who has since deleted that post, took a guess at how many calories the woman had eaten that evening.

After first catching flak for his methods, Hausher defended himself online and doubled down on his comments.

“As usual, I’ve come under fire for being a ‘fat-shamer’ and a ‘bully’ for my views concerning obesity in our nation. I stand by every comment without reservation,” Hausher wrote.

Weight loss coach and fitness expert Charles D’Angelo, who once weighed 360 pounds himself, appeared on the McGraw Millhaven radio show Friday morning and delivered an impassioned response on the matter, which we have embedded below.