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Six scrambled eggs cooked in butter, a half pound of bacon, four potatoes worth of hash browns, six pieces of buttered toast, and a 32 oz. milkshake. And that's just for breakfast. As the world watches in horror and fascination, Susanne Eman just keeps eating -- literally -- at her goal to become the fattest woman in history. Says Eman to The Sun, "The bigger I get, the better I feel. I feel more confident and sexy. Why shouldn't I push the limits and see how fat I can get and stay healthy?" Her ultimate goal: 1,800 pounds!
While Eman's blood work has consistently been in the normal(ish) range, her doctor thinks she’s playing Russian roulette with her life and everyone is questioning how she can really consider herself healthy when she can barely walk without assistance. Eman, who eats more than 20,000 calories a day, needs her two sons, six carts and a motorized scooter to do her grocery shopping -- a feat she only attempts once a month because it takes her eight hours.
One person who could understand the pains of being that heavy is Donna Simpson -- she strove for the same goal as Eman. Her ambition was a little lighter though. She wanted to reach 1,000 pounds. Earlier this year a 600-lb Simpson made headlines for being "the world's heaviest mother." But perhaps more newsworthy was the fact that she supported her increasing waistline with a fetish website where men paid to watch her eat in her underwear. She felt sexy! She felt great! But now that Simpson has broken up with her boyfriend of five years, she’s decided to drop some of the pounds. She's not doing it because she thinks she has to be svelte to find another man. In fact, she says that she would happily ditch the diet should another "feeder" boyfriend come a-knocking. Simpson is losing weight because she simply can’t function. She cannot effectively take care of herself or her day-to-day affairs at her size.
"The health and welfare of my family was always my priority and they were well taken care of by my ex. Now that I have sole responsibility of taking care of my children, I must drastically change my lifestyle. Most people see me as a woman who became famous for wanting to gain weight while the rest of the world was trying to slim down. This was true as I was in a relationship that was based on a fetish that exists only in a fantasy." Simpson goes on to call her relationship which was based on "feeding," abusive.
We do in a way admire both women for feeling so great in their own skin. And, we understand that it is absolutely possible to be obese and healthy at the same time. But, when your weight (either too low or too high) interferes with your ability to meet your basic needs, you have to admit that your health is compromised. Right?