Kerry Katona has sparked debate on social media after posting a shirtless picture of her son Max on social media.
The mum-of-four, who recently revealed she’s lost an incredible three stone, took to her Instagram account to share a picture of her 10-year-old son Max.
The 37-year-old has had a lifestyle overhaul after kicking her takeaway habit and starting to do yoga and exercise exercise regularly, and it’s clear her new habits are rubbing in on her brood.
In the snap Kerry shared, Max is seen posing shirtless and flexing his muscles, while the mum says in the caption that he’s been training ‘so hard’.
She wrote: ‘Check out my little man and he’s awesome muscles! He’s been training so hard bless him 💪💪💪💪 he wants to be a bodybuilder! Xxx’
The snap did not go down well with some of Kerry’s followers, as they commented to say that he is too young to be ‘training’ like that.
One said of the snap: ‘Too young! Let him be a boy!!’, while another asked the mum what she lets her son do: ‘What do you allow him to do? Not sure what to let my 10 year old do… weights? HIIT? Yoga? Don’t want to damage his young muscles.’
However, others did not see anything wrong with the snap and the fact that Kerry lets her son train, as it teaches him discipline and keep him fit and healthy.
One wrote: ‘Ignore what people say my lads loves training teaches them discipline and hard work. As long as he is doing it the right way crack on. And wow great muscles.’
Another wrote: ‘Too young to want to be healthy and fit ???’
While the subject is controversial, many experts think children younger than 13 who haven’t gone through puberty should not engage in weight training as it could cause irreversibly stunt growth and cause stress that could affect them.
According to Bodybuilding.com, Edward Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota says: ‘Heavy lifting can put too much strain on young muscles, tendons and growth plates, especially when proper technique is sacrificed in favour of lifting larger amounts of weight.’
However, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) says ‘prepubescent children can safely engage in resistance training, with certain limitations’.