Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Further Proof that I'm an Underachiever


Donna Simpson of New Jersey announced that she intends to eat her way into the record books, and has already been offered a reality show and book deal. Maybe the rest of us have it all wrong, trying to attain and maintain a healthy weight and even passing up a second cupcake, no matter how yummy, now and then. Oprah, Dr. Phil, Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight are vying madly for the rights to her story.

At present, she weighs a mere 604 pounds at 5'4", but she aims big. She means to top the scales at 1,000 pounds and has worked out a plan to accomplish it. The New York Post reported that she hopes to reach her goal in two years, eating 12,000 calories per day. That’s the rough equivalent of 11 Big Macs, six large orders of French fries, and 10 large sodas from McDonalds. A registered dietician who weighed in on the topic says that she will reach it in less than a year at the rate she is going. She needs 4,000 to 5,000 calories per day to maintain her weight, but if she boosts her intake to 12,500, a mere 7,500 more, she will gain about two pounds per day. Do the math. I did, and my calculator immediately died of congestive heart failure.

Ms. Simpson loves cake and doughnuts, but her favorite food is sushi -- she can eat 70 pieces in one sitting. She has petitioned the Guinness Book of World Records for the title of world’s heaviest mother, but Guinness has no such category. She gave birth to a daughter in 2007 when she weighed only 532 pounds, and required a team of 30 doctors to deliver the baby. It's unknown how the child's father navigated the appropriate channels to make conception possible.

She makes money posting scantily-clad pictures and videos on Supersizedbombshells.com, where people can pay to watch her eat. Under the alias Treasure Bombshell, she lists her hobbies as going to restaurants, talking with friends, watching videos, snuggling, being fed and traveling in cars. Not surprisingly, she also loves to receive gift certificates to restaurants.

Some of the health implications associated with her goal include serious cardiovascular risks, arthritic conditions resulting from pressure on her joints, irritated skin and of course, death. Her Body Mass Index, a statistical measure which compares a person’s weight and height, is 103.9, while a normal BMI is 19-24; someone classified as morbidly obese is 40.

At the very least, this woman's daily intake could feed a small Third World village. Whatever her personal pathology may be, there is something terribly obscene about one person eating that much food when much of the world is starving.

38 comments:

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

hearts,
Admit it to yourself that you have a problem! Your posts are getting increasingly obese! First was the post on tiny cupcakes; then your last post which started with a desire for red grapefruit but ended in a grapefruit, chocolate bar, strawberry pie and girl guide cookies binge; and finally this supersized feeding frenzy post!

I warned you. Yes I did, all the way back when you were nibbling on cupcakes! You were already on the slippery slope then.

As for me, I have no problem. I am just short for my weight. :)

nick said...

Well, the media have always loved stories about freaks and nutters, or should I say differently perceptive individuals, so no wonder they're falling over themselves to get the biggest slice, the biggest plateful of a women who aspires to be a mountain.
They don't care about the ethics of it, or her personal well-being, they only want big ratings and loadsamoney.

The tragedy is that thousands of other women will aspire to be like her so they can also get in the limelight, and the nation's health index will keep sliding downwards.

the walking man said...

The more we stop to watch the train wrecks the more train wrecks they will present for us to dumb ourselves down with. GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

secret agent woman said...

Oh dear God. First, someone needs to smack Oprah, Dr. Phil, Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight hard for encouraging this. The whole thing is an obscenity on so many levels I can hardly bear it. And you know who foots the medical bill? We do. In the meantime, I can't get decent healthcare coverage myself.

Christine said...

She should wear a burqa. Vive la France !

TechnoBabe said...

Is Richard Simmons still alive? I hope he hears about her and takes her under his wing. It shows the low level of mentality in this country that something as sick as this would be sought after by media and talk show hosts. Why are they making her into a star or someone to admire? She is sick. And she is going to be sicker. And die.

Jameil said...

Not to mention the impact all of this has on her child. For me that is the worst part. Do what you want with your life when it's yours. But be responsible when you have someone depending on you who clearly did not ask to be born.

the only daughter said...

I wish I could say I was surprised or even shocked, but alas I'm not. If I here a sigher a deep, heavy one would be [here]

Somebody, please rid the world of this "15 minutes of fame" mentality. puuuhhhleeeeze.

Whitney Lee said...

This is beyond horrendous. All to get her name in a book? I have to admit, this is one time I'm more than happy to be an underachiever!

Jameil is right, the impact on her child is going to be hideous. Does she still have custody of this child? I'd think she'd be deemed an unfit mother (can't fathom why).

I'll have to thank you for this - I now have absolutely no desire for a french fry.

Molly said...

And to think I was self conscious of my butt when I was a well proportioned teenager! So this woman is living to eat rather than eating to live? And becoming famous for gluttony, greed, slothfulness and total lack of shame or regard for the retinas of her fellow humans! Oprah and company are equally to blame for promoting such bestiality. Although, animals only eat to live---sorry guys! I would not watch such a show if it were the last show on earth.....

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Calvin,

Has it occurred to you that maybe my obese posts are my Portrait of Dorian Gray? The fatter my words get, the skinnier I become.

Nick,

This is particularly bizarre in a culture that mostly reveres thinness to the point that eating disorders, which are really starving disorders, are rampant.

I agree that the media is not concerned with the ethics of it. To them, it is just another circus side show with a sucker born every minute.

Mark,

Truly, how can this be anything but a train wreck? Suicide by sandwich.

Agent,

You raise a most valid point about health insurance. It's an insult to the many people who are trying hard to stay healthy with inadequate or non-existent medical care, although they pay taxes.

Christine,

I saw that story about France denying citizenship to a man who forced his French wife to wear a burqa. He couldn't have picked a country less hospitable to bad fashion.

Thanks for your visit!

Babe,

She is justifying her gluttony and complete lack of discipline by this disgusting quest for fame, and it IS sick to reward her with fame, no matter how spurious.

Jameil,

When I read the story, my first thought was that this child, who will be orphaned young, is learning the absolute worst eating habits and is practically doomed to die young, too. It's unconscionable that apparently, no one is doing anything. The woman's boyfriend, whom I assume is the baby's father, is supposedly "supportive" of her mission.

OD,

I think Andy Warhol first made the remark that everyone had their 15 minutes of fame coming to them. I don't believe he meant it as a challenge, though, just a comment about how fleeting fame is.

Whitney,

I will also pass on the fries and the cupcakes. As far as I know, she does still have custody of her daughter, who is three. It's just wrong.

Molly,

I agree with you on all counts. Living to eat is terribly unhealthy, and to take it to such levels is simply obscene. I won't be watching any shows which glorify this either, nor do I approve of forums which teach young women that they must be underweight to be attractive. Both mindsets are terribly unhealthy and wrong-minded.

thailandchani said...

Just imagine what's next. A reality show where we can watch someone drink himself to death, a la "Leaving Las Vegas" or how about watching someone die from cancer?

This is sick beyond description.

I don't even have words.



~*

Voyager said...

This poor woman needs a shrink, (no pun intended)not more hamburgers. The sad thing is, if she does not die first, she will get rich from this.
V.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

First, Hearts, I love your Dorian Gray metaphor. LOVE it. Such a big smile on this end.

Second... this is horribly disgusting, and terribly sad on so many levels. What is she thinking? How could she do this to herself? How could she do it to her daughter? How... Why... there is no rhyme or reason at all.

Miss Molly was right... "gluttony, greed, slothfulness and total lack of shame".

Perhaps she will commit her suicide before her story even gets anywhere and it will be a lesson learned for those who are staring in hypnosis at her bizarre world.

So sad. So disgusting. Ugh.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

giftsofthejourney said...

I agree with secret agent woman,

" First, someone needs to smack Oprah, Dr. Phil, Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight hard for encouraging this. "

I am shocked to hear that anyone is willing to spend more than a few minutes on this craziness much less offer book deals and reality shows.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Chani,

What can anyone say, really? While we all endorse the right to live our lives as we choose, it strikes me as sick and disgusting to make a celebrity of someone who is killing herself as surely as if she were eating a gun. This would be a good time for "my brother's keeper" to step in and call a halt.

Voyager,

Very good pun, even if unintended. She does, indeed, need a shrink! And yes, idiocy seems to be rewarded far more than common sense these days.

Scarlett,

In what universe is this acceptable behavior, I wonder? And the tabloid mentality is exactly the same as that which makes people yell "Jump!" to someone on a bridge or a roof.

Gifts,

There is a sickness in our culture that seems to crave extreme entertainment. Maybe people are so numbed by life that they feel alive only when engaged in some kind of extreme behavior, even if only vicariously.

Thank you for your visit.

meno said...

My mouth is hanging open, my chin bouncing on my chest. And not just so i can fit something in it.

Why would anyone pay to watch this woman kill herself??

Why?

Jo said...

Susan, are you serious!!!??? At first I thought you were kidding.

Should we start a pool to see how long she survives?

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Meno,

Those who pay to watch gorging videos should donate the money to organizations that feed the hungry. There are also eating tournaments, which I find just as astounding.

Jo,

Yes, let's do start a pool. Maybe we can get on Oprah or ET, too.

mischief said...

Yes, the Dorian Gray metaphor has just won you a Brilliant Sharp Wit Award (TM). You clever lady, you crack me up. It all just makes me want cupcakes, but I'm doing some P90X to compensate, so I feel like I deserve a treat. And you are always a treat to read. Yum yum. :)
Lisa

Warty Mammal said...

Dear god. For some reason, the only thing I can think of is the heartburn. I've found that as I get older, my body complains if I overeat or don't eat well.

Something is wrong in this woman's life. It's a crying shame.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Lisa,

Thank you for the nice award. What is P9OX? Would I like some? After hearing about this woman, I seem to have lost my taste for cupcakes (and everything else.)

Warts,

Heartburn? Trust me, honey, this woman is going to have far more serious health issues than heartburn. As God is my witness, I'll never eat again.

Maria said...

I am pretty much beyond shock at what people will watch, and frankly what I will watch sometimes. I was once channel surfing and stumbled on to a Jon and Kate plus eight piece about taking their little darlings to the dentist and would you believe I watched the entire thing? And then there was the time when I watched this hour long "documentary" about toddlers in beauty contests that was pretty disturbing. And my partner likes this horrid show about hoarders. But. I don't even think I am capable of being enthralled by a woman who is slowly killing herself.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Maria,

Surely you've been stuck in a massive traffic jam while everyone slowed to a crawl to eyeball an accident off to the side, hoping for blood.

It's like that.

mischief said...

P90X is a crazy-hard exercise program that my husband bought and then abandoned. I've been trying it during my spring break... It's a love/hate thing. It hurts but it allows me eat cupcakes without being in competition with the 600 pound woman. It also compensates for living in a sprawling city where I have to drive everywhere... it sounds like you do so much walking you don't need to submit to the P90X torture.

Jocelyn said...

Oh, yes, you worked in some good zingers along the way but drove home, at the end there, how offensive it is to make this a PLAN TO GET FAMOUS. In addition to how scandalous it is in the face of world hunger (and does she think about her kids AT ALL and how they might like to have a mother for a bit longer?), it's also a slap in the faces of people who genuinely struggle with morbid obesity and spend huge amounts of every day trying not to eat.

In summary, what I mean to say is: Crazy Bitch.

Not you.
Her.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I wonder, down deep in all those countless layers of cocoon that she is building around herself, why she hates herself so much and what she is hiding from.

The psychology (and psychosis) of this is truly interesting.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Lisa,

I must confess I don't love the sound of something called P9OX. Not that oxen are not lovely animals. I actually do need to get into an exercise program but while I enjoy using my body, exercise as such bores me silly. AND I'm fond of cupcakes.

Jocelyn,

Crazy Bitch. Yup, says it all. If I'd had my wits about me, I could have written a much shorter post.

I think she is in a class with Octomom with her 14 head o' young.

Scarlett,

The first thing that comes to mind is that she may have been molested as a child. Women with such histories often build walls of flesh around themselves for "protection." But it's a bit simplistic to diagnose someone I've never met, nor am I qualified. Whatever her issues are, they are definitely extreme.

Elaine Steward said...

The things folks will do nowadays for their 15 min of fame get progressively more disgusting. Would that the media would ignore them.... Car chases too, while we're at it!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Elaine!

You've started a new train of thought here -- I wonder if the lady can even FIT in a car. She lists riding in cars as one of her favorite activities but perhaps she meant railroad freight cars. I can't imagine what would possess someone to turn herself into a freak show which can only end in early death.

Thanks for coming by.

mrwriteon said...

That is so creepy and obscene that I scarcely know what to say. Fine to be remembered posthumously, I guess. For that is what it will be should she succeed in her dubious quest.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Ian,

Nothing like dying for a cause... I guess with such a mindset, posthumous fame is as good as any other kind. It's very upsetting.

Claudia said...

Isn't that weird? I mean really. We've become the freak show culture. That's where she belongs.

Along with all the rest of the reality tv show folks.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Claudia,

I couldn't agree more. I HATE reality shows! Hate 'em.

One of the local TV stations wanted to do a story on a family dealing with AD, come into their home and follow them around. We were asked if we were interested, but I just said NO.

Saint Dolores said...

Hello...long time lurker first time commenter. I've read this story before but I wanted to thank you personally for linking to her sex website. I spent a lot of time looking at those photos...I couldn't hardly look away and even found a..sort of malignant beauty in them. Now I keep thinking of them. Thank you for this unique experience. I think.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Dolores,

I haven't actually perused her website except to confirm that my link worked. Perhaps I should, but my strong belief in healthy living would probably prevent me from seeing the beauty in her chosen activity.

Incidentally, I don't subscribe to the common notion that physical beauty must include visible bones, but deliberately destroying ones own body disturbs me.

Thank you for coming by and for finally commenting!

TaraDharma said...

this poor gal is in need of psychiatric intervention. Dr. Phil and Oprah should be offering her incentives to get help, not to kill herself. Shame on them.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Tara,

You're so right. Dr. Phil is supposed to be some kind of counselor and Oprah has struggled with weight issues for years, so it's particularly hideous that they have not tried to help her instead of their ratings.