This story contains discussions about eating disorders.
A bodybuilder’s viral TikTok video about eating unseasoned chicken sparked debate about fitness and eating disorders.
On May 26, Rory Gissing (@rorygissing) posted a video on TikTok with the caption, “When everyone thinks you’re weird for not seasoning chicken.” The video shows him digging into an unseasoned piece of chicken with his bare hands bites.
“Apparently incredible discipline makes you weird now,” the lyrics continue, hinting that Gissing avoids seasoning to stay in shape.
The video received nearly 800,000 views.
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Several viewers in the comments were concerned about the extent of Gissing’s discipline, with some arguing that he may have an eating disorder such as orthorexia.
“Bro, a few grams of spices aren’t going to give you stage 2 diabetes,” said one viewer.
“My brother in Christ’s spice is about 3 calories,” noted another.
“Yeah I was disciplined too when I had an eating disorder…” commented a third.
“The way this food culture has recast every form of self-punishment as a noble pursuit, right down to the ‘justice’ of eating unseasoned food…” argued another viewer.
Orthorexia is when eating healthy or clean becomes an obsession, often affecting their emotional state and social relationships. As the fitness website Breaking Muscle published about the eating disorder, orthorexia “generally has less to do with the amount of food and more to do with the quality of it.”
Along with other eating disorders, this can disproportionately affect bodybuilders whose bodies are literally being flaunted for sport. The pressures of bodybuilding can sometimes throw someone’s passion for clean eating out of control.
The Daily Dot reached out to Gissing via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: May 27, 2022 3:02 pm CDT
Maria Santa Poggi is an aspiring MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College of Poetry. She is a freelance writer and her work has appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Paper and id, among others.
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