By MARK DUELL
Healthy start: Donna Simpson, 44, of Akron, Ohio, has also turned away from the fat fantasy fetish world, replacing videos of her eating with a blog about her journey to health
Her fans wanted her to become as large as possible and she quickly became a star in a bizarre fantasy fetish community that worshipped the overweight and bought pizzas for her to munch on.
But life is changing for Donna Simpson. The 600lb mother-of-two moved from New Jersey to Akron, Ohio, after her five-year relationship with fiancé Philippe Gouamba, 49, ended earlier this year.
The 5’4" woman has also turned away from the fantasy world, replacing videos of her eating with a blog about her journey to health. Ms Simpson has already lost 85lbs on her long road to weight loss.
Fruit and veg: Ms Simpson, who uses a mobility scooter to get around, takes a trip shopping with her daughter Jacqueline. She has already lost 85lbs on her long road to weight loss
‘I realised that I was their fantasy,’ she said of her viewers who paid her to buy more food. ‘Here I was getting bigger and bigger, and they had their thin wives, with two-and-a-half kids and a picket fence.
‘I'm not trying to be a size 4 (or) a thin-mint,’ said the 44-year-old, who is believed to be the heaviest woman ever to have given birth. ‘I just want to be normal and more active.’
One man from Germany sent her a credit card with specific instructions of buying pizzas, Chinese food and other takeaways, as he wanted her to use his money to become as large as possible.
Fat fans: Ms Simpson also said some of the people who watched her were rich lawyers, accountants and college students who wanted to see women whom they believe are attractive
‘He didn't even need to see me. Just the fact that he was feeding me was enough of a thrill for him.’
Ms Simpson had a website where men paid $19 a month to watch her eat and she flew around the world for events. She became the most popular model on SupersizedBombshells.com.
But now she has moved back to her hometown of Akron and embarked on a new plan. It was a big change as she requires a mobility scooter to go shopping and wears XXXXXXXL clothing.
Mother and daughter: Ms Simpson entered the record books when she gave birth to Jacqueline, now four. She hopes to join a gym soon to begin walking in a pool and has modified her eating
She hopes to join a gym soon to begin walking in a pool and has modified her eating. Ms Simpson has struggled to lose weight for years and weighed about 200lbs at school in Summit County, Ohio.
She often ate an apple a day along with a weight-loss drink and even smoked crack cocaine for a few months several years ago in an attempt to shed pounds, but claims not to have become addicted.
All over: She moved from New Jersey to Akron, Ohio, after her five-year relationship with fiancé Philippe Gouamba, 49, ended. She had a website where men paid $19 a month to watch her eat
Showing off: Ms Simpson reveals her gigantic belly before she started the new healthy eating plan. She has struggled to lose weight for years and weighed about 200lbs at school in Summit County, Ohio
Happy family? Donna Simpson with Philippe Gouamba before their split, and her children Devin and Jacqueline
When she told him that she was done in the fantasy world, the man became angry. ‘It's not like these were toothless trolls who live under bridges,’ Ms Simpson said.
The underground community is involved in a rare form of masochism known as feederism, said Stephen Levine, the co-director of the Center for Marital and Sexual Health in Beachwood, Ohio.
Baby born: Ms Simpson is believed to hold the world record for the heaviest woman ever to give birth
Some people love watching others become overweight and the internet helped it take off, he said.
‘I'm hesitant to say why someone would do this,’ said Janet Shibley Hyde, a University of Wisconsin psychology professor. ‘There could be all kinds of reasons. But people cannot survive at that weight.’
Ms Simpson proclaimed three years ago: ‘I love being fat; I wouldn't even mind weighing 1,000lbs.’ She suddenly began appearing in the U.S. and British media, and got to travel the world.
It was claimed last year that her meal on Christmas 2010 was two 25lb turkeys, two maple-glazed hams, 15lbs of potatoes, five loaves of bread and 20lbs of vegetables. But she denies it was that big
Not so big: Pictures reveal how Ms Simpson used to be a lot slimmer before she starting putting on the pounds
However Ms Simpson admitted she earned $1,000 a month from the pay-per-view eating at one point. ‘That's pretty good for eating Ho-Ho's,’ she said.
Ms Simpson knows that not everyone will be supportive of her bid to lose weight. ‘I have only myself to blame for the position I am currently in,’ she wrote on her blog.
‘I must now face the greatest challenge of my life. In order for the people I love most to have a happy and healthy life, I must regain my emotional and physical well-being.’
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