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Is The “Fattest Woman on Earth” a Hoax?

X-posted on Skepchick

This story has been making the rounds: a 42-year old woman who is eating thousands of calories a day to reach her target weight of 1,000lbs. But is it really true? Short answer: no.

Even though she’s from New Jersey, it seems to have started with England’s famed and justly popular Daily Fail in an article titled The super-sized 43st mother who is determined to become the world’s fattest woman. Some choice quotes:

“The 42-year-old from New Jersey, U.S, is set on reaching the 1,000lb mark (71st) in just two years.”

“Ms Simpson already holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s fattest mother, when she gave birth in 2007 weighing 38stone.”

“To achieve her goal, Donna says she will need to eat up to 12,000 calories a day (the average woman should consume only 2,000.)”

“To fund the massive $750 weekly food shop, she runs a website where men pay her to watch her eat fast food.”

The story was reprinted around the world, and got a link from The Stranger’s Slog, where readers were quick to point out that things didn’t seem quite right. For instance, Guinness no longer awards world records for fatness, and besides, heavier women have already given birth. Also, searches for Simpson’s feeder site turned up empty.

Last night, America’s shitty tabloids struck back at The Daily Fail when the New York Post published this typo-ridden counter in which Simpson clarified:

“This whole thousand-pound goal has gotten blown way out of proportion,” Simpson said of her pie-in-the-sky dreams.

“This is a fantasy of mine. It’s not reality, yet everyone takes this and runs with it.”

Simpson claims she only wants to be recognized as the heaviest woman to ever give birth.

The Post also contacted a spokesperson from Guinness to learn that “Guinness is thinking about creating a biggest birth mom category and considering Simpson’s application to be named largest living woman.”

So those are a few of The Daily Fail’s mistakes corrected, but what about Simpson’s web site where men pay to watch her eat and wash herself? The Post didn’t get any clarification about that. The first person to find it wins, and by “wins” I mean loses.

And for the record, Dan Savage is wrong to suggest this woman should have her kids taken away. Smokers, daredevils, snake handlers, creationists, anorexics, cancer patients, fishermen, and bomb disposal experts are free to have kids and so are people who eat a lot. Life’s unfair, get over it.

2 comments to Is The “Fattest Woman on Earth” a Hoax?

  • johnc

    “Smokers, daredevils, snake handlers, creationists, anorexics, cancer patients, fishermen, and bomb disposal experts are free to have kids and so are people who eat a lot.”

    Social services in some UK counties would have a field day with that lot, sad fact but there have been cases of adhd and depression sufferers, as well as very young parents (<18) having their children taken away. It's all closed court too, so there's no entitlement to a jury to make the decision.

    Dan Savage knows this, so his call is that much more irresponsible

  • DC_Skeptic

    Sadly, this woman is real and actually is trying to reach this weight gain goal. That is her actual name. I ran across this story some time ago at a health-related media site. I can confirm that her pay-per-view website is still active. You can find her as one of the models at http://www.supersizebombshells.com

    Be warned the site is not work safe. But she is indeed there.

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