Until very recently, Donna Simpson — the Guinness World Record holder for "World's Heaviest Mother" — made $90,000 a year from her members-only website, where fans paid $20 a month to look at pictures of her half-dressed and watch her eat. But now, Donna has broken up with her fiancé of five years. And she's decided that she needs to lose weight.
In a message to readers of her site, Simpson writes:
I recently split with my fiancée of five years and moved with my two children back to my home town in Ohio. This life changing move made me realize something important. 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.
According to Radar, Simpson's ex was a self-described "belly man" who loved her "curves and rolls of fat." He was a feeder — interested in keeping Simspon as heavy as she could be. Simpson seems to realize that the work ahead of her is internal and emotional as well as external and physical:
I know I need the help of a therapist to help me come to terms with the abuse I've suffered growing up and the various experiences that have made me the woman I have become. It is also quite apparent that I will need to be under the care of a physician to treat the various conditions I suffer from. Obviously, a major part of this transition will be losing weight. Diet, exercise and the right attitude need to be established and this will not happen overnight, but I believe in myself and what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it.
Simpson — who previously dreamed of being the world's fattest woman — is 5'2" and 600 lbs., and would like to get down to 370 lbs. To do this, she will need a helluva lot of support. But will she be able to find it? After spending years surrounding herself with people who want to see her as heavy as she can be?