New Jersey mom eating herself to death

- June 15th, 2010

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Donna Simpson could be the Supersized punchline of the mother of all fat jokes. Only problem is, there’s nothing funny about her terribly tragic tale. It’s just plain sad.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the story ripped from the wires:

By KARINA IOFFEE, REUTERS

A New Jersey woman is waging a campaign to become the world’s heaviest living woman, admitting that she is as hungry for attention as she is for calorie-rich food.

Donna Simpson, 42, weighs more than 600 pounds and aims to reach 1,000 pounds.

donna_gwr_fat-womanThe mother of two children, ages 3 and 14, models on a website called supersizedbombshells.com, where admirers and the curious can pay to watch videos of her eating greasy foods or walking to the car.

She has appeared in television interviews and said she welcomes media coverage.

A Guinness World Records spokeswoman said Simpson has submitted a claim for the title of world’s heaviest woman to give birth, a claim that is being reviewed.

Among the heaviest women ever recorded was one who reportedly weighed 1,800 pounds and another who reportedly weighed 1,200 pounds at the time of their deaths.

Simpson said she has received a book offer and wants her own reality show, partly to give plus-size women more confidence. She wears size XXXXXL clothing, which she buys mostly online, and calls herself a member of the “fat acceptance community.”

“The bigger your butt is, the bigger belly you have, the sexier you are,” Simpson said, lounging on the couch of her suburban home 40 miles south of New York.

Simpson has found a man who says he appreciates her size, and they plan to marry in Hawaii this year. She said airlines are being accommodating of her needs.

donna_simpson_02Her fiancee, 49-year-old Philippe Gouamba and the father of her 3-year-old daughter, said he not only finds Simpson attractive but is also one of Simpson’s biggest supporters in her quest to expand her girth.

“You look at her curves and see her full belly and generous hips,” Gouamba said. “It’s very sexy.”

Simpson said she gets e-mails from women who think they will never fall in love or have children because of their weight.

“I just say that’s not true,” Simpson said. “I would love to be a voice, so that people can see a woman of size having a regular family.”

She said she also receives mail from people who say she is putting herself and her children at risk.

Simpson spends as much as $750 a week on groceries, suffers from Type 2 diabetes and struggles with basic tasks such as cooking and taking a shower.

But she dismisses critics who warn that her weight can lead to heart problems, aggravate her diabetes and cause pressure on her joints.

“I’m very healthy. I go to the doctor every three months,” she said.

Simpson has battled weight issues all her life and was mercilessly teased. But after a friend died following complications from gastric bypass surgery, she decided to quit the dieting and the weight pills and eat what she wanted.

“I’ve always been comfortable with myself,” she said. “It was just everybody else that wasn’t comfortable with me.”

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4 comments

  1. Stay healthy says:

    That lady is just disturbing. And most healthy people don’t have to go to the doctor every 3 months!
    She is just putting her health at risk, and unfortunately does not have the correct support of family and friends.

  2. Mitchell Forgie says:

    This is a perfect example of North Americans losing all concept of shame in any part of daily life. No one should accpet this woman for her deploarble state, and certainly not pity her. She is to be despised and feel ashamed. That is not to say a body weight slightly more than healthy is to be looked upon as healthy, but the general acceptance mentality of American Culture leaves no people with an idea of citizenry and participating in a community. The plus side is that she will kill herself young through eating and no longer be around to promote such skewed values.

  3. Seth M. says:

    This is just… Wrong. I looked this up just on a stupid whim because, I’m an exercise enthusiast, since the last couple months since I started long boarding, thus the interest in very muscular bodies and their stories. Well… Just for the sake to say what the hell and get a good laugh, I looked up fattest person in the world. She popped up, and wow… Just. Wow. This is sad, like honestly. People die and bad things happen IT’S CALLED LIFE. I, myself; have struggled with a rare and undocumented form of seizures since 2006. I am only 18 and I struggled with health issues my whole life too. Though now I’m in better physical condition.

    Just because someone dies due to something they didn’t have controll over, doesn’t mean you have to do something stupid that’s in the end just going to kill yourself and leave your child without a mother. Personally; I think this woman is disgusting. The fact that, she WOULD even CONSIDER doing something as reckless and disgusting. I have over-weight people in my family, and I don’t think over-weight people are a burden on society. But to DELIBERATELY do something as stupid as this is just… Mind boggling and scary.

    I think this woman is pathetic and a waste of anyone’s time. I’ve been through and studied enough to know what I’m talking about, and this is wrong. This woman deserves to be hated.

    I feel sorry for her children.

    Please note my anger, disgust and confusion is NOT with the writer, it is with the story because this article has simply made me never want to enter a fast food place again in my life.

    I do not believe my feelings are unjustifiable or, unrelatable. I have stated clearly valid points and this is simply my opinion.

    At least we can all rest easy knowing she will soon, (if not already) be dead.

    =) may whoever reads my comment, have a nice day, and for the record; fruit tastes better than grease.

    =)

  4. Seth M. says:

    This is just… Wrong. I looked this up just on a stupid whim because, I’m an exercise enthusiast, since the last couple months since I started long boarding, thus the interest in very muscular bodies and their stories. Well… Just for the sake to say what the hell and get a good laugh after looking up the most muscualr person in the world, I looked up fattest person in the world. She popped up, and wow… Just. Wow. This is sad, like honestly. People die and bad things happen IT’S CALLED LIFE. I, myself; have struggled with a rare and undocumented form of seizures since 2006. I am only 18 and I struggled with health issues my whole life too. Though now I’m in better physical condition.

    Just because someone dies due to something they didn’t have controll over, doesn’t mean you have to do something stupid that’s in the end just going to kill yourself and leave your child without a mother. Personally; I think this woman is disgusting. The fact that, she WOULD even CONSIDER doing something as reckless and disgusting. I have over-weight people in my family, and I don’t think over-weight people are a burden on society. But to DELIBERATELY do something as stupid as this is just… Mind boggling and scary.

    I think this woman is pathetic and a waste of anyone’s time. I’ve been through and studied enough to know what I’m talking about, and this is wrong. This woman deserves to be hated.

    I feel sorry for her children.

    Please note my anger, disgust and confusion is NOT with the writer, it is with the story because this article has simply made me never want to enter a fast food place again in my life.

    I do not believe my feelings are unjustifiable or, unrelatable. I have stated clearly valid points and this is simply my opinion.

    At least we can all rest easy knowing she will soon, (if not already) be dead.

    =) may whoever reads my comment, have a nice day, and for the record; fruit tastes better than grease.

    =)

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