Adam Richman, host of of the popular Travel Channel show Man vs Food, went on an Instagram commenting rant about weight and body image. He was unaware that on the other end of the digital comment thread was Amber Sarah. Sarah is the writer of the blog Adipose Activist and self proclaimed "fat activist." After Richman personally attacked both her and her friends, she posted the comments on her blog, and the comments went viral. As a result, his new show, Man Finds Food, which was supposed to debut last night, has been "postponed indefinitely."
The debacle started last week when Richman posted a photo of himself in pants that were too large for him, with the caption "Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I'm gonna need to take it in a little… #Victory #EyesOnThePrize #AnythingisPossible #fitness #transformation #thinspiration."
Some Instagram users took issue with his use of the hashtag "thinspiration." As Sarah argued in her blog post on the matter, "Without context, thinspiration may not seem like a bad word, but a simple google search proves that it was created by a community of people with eating disorders to inspire each other to continue and celebrate their illnesses." There is a large digital community in which, generally, young women support one another to purge and starve, in hopes of being very thin and having a "thigh gap" (or a space between a woman's thighs, which is the result of bone structure in most women, though this digital community believes it can be achieved through starvation.)