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