Donna Simpson is an American who wanted to become the world’s heaviest woman. Her target was 1,000 pounds (450 kg). Why? “I don’t know why my target is 1,000lbs – it’s just the weight I believe I was born to be”, she said. Donna holds the Guinness World Record as the “heaviest mum to give birth”. When her daughter Jacqueline was born in 2007, 30 medics were needed during the high-risk Caesarean birth.
Donna loves to eat. Her favourite food is sushi, but unlike others, she can “sit and eat 70 big pieces of sushi in one go”. At the time when she wanted to achieve her goal and weigh 1,000 pounds, her plan was to eat 12,000 calories a day, what is 6 times more than an average woman should eat. What was on the menu? “In a typical day I’ll eat four burgers and fries, a loaf of bread with peanut butter and jam, four servings of meatloaf and mashed potato, a large pizza, a chocolate cake with ice cream and cream, 12 cupcakes, two cheesecakes and fizzy drinks.” Donna even found a way of turning her passion for food into money. Running a website where hundreds of men watched her eat vast amounts of burgers, pizza, crisps and cakes helped her pay the $750 weekly bill for food. These men were mostly the so called FAs – fat admirers, who prefer overweight females and find them sexy, just like Donna, who said: “I feel very sexy and I have fans that tell me all the time how sexy I am and I’m very comfortable with who I am”.
Donna’s weight problem dates back to her childhood. She used to eat big meals, mostly fattening food and a lot of treats. Her mother wanted to express her love by giving her children a lot of food and wanted them to eat. That lead to Donna weighing 83kg at the age of 9. However, her mother argued with doctors who said it was dangerous for her. She was bullied at school and her nickname was “fatty four-eyes”. During her teenage years she tried dieting but it made her miserable. She was thinking about food all the time. Later her weight came back and she felt much better. Being 31 years old she decided to lose weight again and was due to have a gastric band operation. However, some time before the procedure her friend died during a similar operation and she decided not to go under the knife.
People responded differently to Donna’s lifestyle. Siaosi’s message to her was “goodluck hope you will succeed in your fat endeavour.” On the other hand Adam from Michigan wrote: “I’m an American and this shames me terribly. As if we didn’t have a bad enough rep on weight as it is…” and Leanne from the UK says “she has an illness and this must be treated the same as any other form of addiction.”
At this point I question myself – why is someone determined to be so heavy and be the world’s fattest woman? How could a person describe herself as healthy and wants to get even bigger when she can’t walk more than 20ft before needing to sit down and therefore needs a mobility scooter when she goes shopping? Why does someone encourage a woman to eat more when she’s already 273kg and suffers from diabetes and high-blood pressure? … I think the answer is – because they like it and it makes them happy. They live in a free country so they can do anything they want to, even if it’s overeating while others are dying due to lack of food.
After separating with her fiancée in 2011 Donna realized she must “drastically change” her lifestyle. Now she wants to lose weight and regain her emotional and physical well-being. “Diet, exercise and the right attitude need to be established and this will not happen overnight, but I believe in myself and what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it.”