In case you haven't heard, Donna Simpson is a 41-year-old New Jersey mom who weighs 600 lbs. She has announced to the world that she is going for the Guinness Book of World Records by gaining another 400 lbs., so that she will tip the scales at 1,000 pounds - a four-figure weight.
The talk radio show hosts want to know what you and I think of this. So I thought about it for a bit.
Way back when, circuses used to have these side-shows where you could pay extra to take a look at the shortest woman in the world, the tallest man in the world, and of course, the fat lady. As I recall, I think the shortest woman and the tallest man got married. I just remember as a kid flipping through the Guinness Book of World records to find all of these mesmerizing photos (and I remember reading about the marriage there.)
In the age of the Internet and video cameras, Donna Simpson doesn't have to join the circus, she can "perform" for us from the comfort of her own home. We are curious about the abnormal and it is hard to look away.
But what about the people that pay to watch her eat on the Internet? Who is more abnormal? While she is feeding her face, she is feeding society's dysfunction and laughing all the way to the bank. (But I'm not sure how she actually gets to the bank.)
One talk show host thought that if Donna Simpson gets her reality show that viewers would be so disgusted that it would be incentive for them to lose weight. I disagree. I think those that choose to watch will say, "Oh, I am not that bad, just twenty pounds overweight, (ok maybe thirty)."
I don't think any good will come from Donna's venture to gain 400 pounds. I can't imagine any proceeds going to any charitable organizations. I can't imagine her children becoming well-adjusted, healthy adults. I can't even imagine Donna Simpson's quality of life at 1,000 pounds.
I realize how far gone she is when she says she doesn't, "Buy into all the diseases that come with being overweight." Sadly, I can imagine that some of the cash she makes from her reality show and Internet website will be paying for her extra large coffin.