Adam Richman's new Travel Channel show, "Man Finds Food," has been postponed indefinitely after Richman got into a volcanic argument on Instagram with an obese woman who calls herself a "fat activist," CNN reported.
The brouhaha erupted June 25 after Richman, who's understandably proud of his recent 70-pound weight loss, posted an Instagram photo last week using the hashtag #thinspiration.
Adam wrote on the caption of a photo of himself in a suit, “Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I’m gonna need to take it in a little." #thinspiration.
Write Amber Sarah, a self-proclaimed "fat activist," accused Richman of promoting the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia with the hashtag "thinspiration," a commonly used term among the pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia communities. Sarah and others accused Richman of being insensitive to people with eating disorders.
Richman Was Accused of Glorifying Thinness
Sarah told Adam the #thinspiration hashtag “glorifies negative media self-imagery that being thin is better as opposed to any other body style.”
It appears Richman was not aware of this terminology, but got defensive after being verbally attacked by Sarah and a throng of her supporters. Adam lashed back, writing, "Do I look like I give a f***?" and, "grab a razor and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you."
Adam has since locked his Instagram account, and has apologized for his "inexcusable remarks." In his apology, Richman confessed he has struggled with body image and battled weight issues for years, and asked for forgiveness.
I've long since struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. Instead of responding to hurtful comments with compassion, I lashed out in anger. I'm not asking for sympathy, but rather understanding and forgiveness. I can say with certainty that I'm taking a deep look at myself and I'm incredibly sorry to everyone I've hurt."
The Travel Channel hasn't directly commented on Richman's behavior, but merely confirmed that Adam's show, "Man Finds Food," has been postponed indefinitely.
Low-Carb Diet and Intense Workouts Spurred 70-lb Weight Loss
It's a sad turn of events for Adam, who had made the cover of the July 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine spotlighting his stunning 70-pound weight loss.
The 6-foot-tall Richman shed 70 pounds in 10 months by following a low-carb diet that eliminated white flour and starches. For exercise, Adam did cardio exercise and strength-training workouts and played his favorite sport: soccer.
Richman insisted he lost weight for his health, but admitted he's enjoying his new hunk status. "I went from an XXL to an L in 10 months," he said. "Now I wear slim-cut suits. People no longer call me a teddy bear. Do I miss the food? Sure, but not as much as I enjoy the benefits of being at a healthy weight."