Oh. My. Word. I thought this was a joke at first, but I don't think it is.
How does someone get to be 42 years old believing that being morbidly obese is not only a good thing, but something to be aimed at, an achievement?
The article, for those of you who can't be arsed to read it, says that she weighed 520lbs when she had her daughter (which in itself raises questions I don't want answers to), now weighs 600lbs, and is aiming to weigh 1,000lbs so she can break the world record for being fat.
"She runs her own website where people pay to watch her eat, or see her wash her huge body. " Nice.
I could run a website where people pay to watch me eat. Or doing the ironing. Or cleaning the windows. Hot steamy domestic goddess action. Not sure I'd make much money though.
Apparently her website* makes enough to cover her weekly food bills.
I'm trying to understand what she thinks she is doing. She has a young daughter and a teenage son, she must know that by continuing with this she will probably reduce her life expectancy. Is she so stupid that she thinks she will break the Fattest Woman Ever record, then magically get thinner so she can have a normal life again?
Who's going to pay her inevitable medical bills? Is this self-inflicted injury? Would medical insurance cover it? I have no idea. Diabetes, heart disease, arthritits. All that fun stuff is pretty much guaranteed if she stays that size for very long.
I know I sound like a size fascist, but really. Christ on a bike.
I remember seeing an archive photo from the 1920s or maybe 1930s. Depression era, anyway. It showed a "Fat Family" at a carnival. A mother, father and teenage son, all plump, relaxed, smiling for the camera. A crowd of onlooked stood looking at them.
What was striking was that the fat people in the picture looked like "normal" people to me. You see fatter people walking round town any day of the week nowadays. The striking thing about the picture was how thin the people in the crowd were. Sharp cheekbones and clothes hanging off them.
Times have changed.
*There wasn't a link to it from the Telegraph article. I looked.