• Fri, Jul 15 2011

Fat Acceptance vs. Fat Encouragement: Why Are Fans Paying This Woman To Get Fat?

It’s possible you’ve already heard of Donna Simpson, the 43-year-old New Jersey resident who has one goal in mind: to become the world’s fattest woman. Not only is she eating her way towards the 1,000 pound mark and consuming more than 15,000 calories a day to get there, but she now has a website where fans are paying to watch her eat.

Simpson, a mother of a 4-year-old and the largest woman to give birth on record, claims she is earning $90,000 a year from people who are paying $20 a month to view her site. The funds are then used to pay for her enormous grocery store bills, which are estimated to be over $800 a week.

The question here is, not why is she doing this (because she is clearly mentally unstable to do this to herself and her daughter), but why the heck are people paying to watch it? Like suddenly someone killing herself (let’s be honest, this is what she’s doing) is entertainment? Isn’t all of the publicity and money just enabling and encouraging her even more?

Not if you ask her: “I love eating and people love watching me eat,” she previously told the Daily Mail. “It makes people happy, and I’m not harming anyone.”

But she is harming others. By putting this out there and watching her, it’s like our society says it’s okay to tolerate such negative body images. Where do we draw the line at “fat acceptance”? When do we stop pretending to look the other way? At what point should we not celebrate, endorse and support others who exhibit no control over their own bodies? Because if the tables were turned, and she was trying to become the thinnest woman in the world, all of a sudden, starving herself would be cause for alarm. Being anorexic or bulimic is just as unhealthy as someone who is morbidly obese. And neither condition should be encouraged — let alone paid for. People who have no regard for their personal health should not be able to earn a living — or celebrity status — from us.

Yes, there are those who say it’s her body and she can do what she wants. I agree with that. She can even attempt to make herself a public figure. This is America, after all, the land of opportunity. But that doesn’t mean we have to buy it. Besides, if you have $20 a month to waste, why not help someone buy food who really needs it?

Photo: NY Post

 

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  • Patty

    I wonder what would happen if there was a website where you could see someone starve to death. I’m sure that would get way more negative feedback than this, and it’s equally wrong.

  • Chris

    How soon will she orphan her daughter? One year, two… five tops?
    What a selfish woman. She shouldn’t have been allowed to breed.

  • jamie

    the article says ” By putting this out there and watching her, it’s like our society says it’s okay to tolerate such negative body images. Where do we draw the line at “fat acceptance”? When do we stop pretending to look the other way? At what point should we not celebrate, endorse and support others who exhibit no control over their own bodies?”
    who are you to say which type of body image is negative. What’s wrong with this is it is unhealthy and inhumane to put yourself in harm or watch someone put themselves in harm. What is your proposal for an alternative to “looking the other way”? Should we start rounding up over weight people or people who’s body images are not socially acceptable? Deborah I am sure that there is somebody out there who doesn’t like something about you and the next time they see you I hope they tell you all about it instead of looking the other way.

  • amy

    she’s a selfish, foolish woman who will orphan her innocent daughter. Some people really should not be procreating.

    Not to mention the medical bill that ultimately weigh down our economy.

  • Jane Doe

    The answer to this has a number of facets. As to why people pay to watch her eat, it is a sexual fetish. People who engage in it are called “feeders.” Feeders are different from those who are just into larger people; the turn on is in seeing the eating and/or the weight gain itself. There is quite a bit of interest in this out in Internet land.

    As to why Ms. Simpson has this website and the goal of becoming the world’s fattest woman, it is quite possible that she has the corresponding fetish of being an “eater.” However, it is likely that she has a severe food addiction and she has chosen this business as the only way that she can support herself.

    If she has a fatalistic attitude that there is nothing she can do to stop eating and stop gaining weight, she may have decided to set this goal to give herself a sense of control in the matter.

    Super morbid obesity is a complicated issue and food addiction is often a major part of it, although there maybe numerous causative factors. It does not compare to the weight loss issues that most overweight people deal with anymore than cancer compares to the common cold.