Donna, who has the desire to be 1,000 lbs. states, “my fans enjoy it.” What do you think?
Aliyah Shahid/For The Star-Ledger reports that Donna Simpson, an Old Bridge resident who hopes to become the world’s heaviest woman, was looking for publicity. And she is getting it, big time.
Two days after the 42-year-old Simpson announced she intended to eat her way into the recordbooks, "Entertainment Tonight" was at her door. Her manager was fielding phone calls from "Oprah," "Dr. Phil," and "Inside Edition." And she’s been offered a reality show and book deal. Her newly assigned manager, Michael Taub, said the offers were in the mid-five figures range.
At her modest, sparse brick home on Pleasant Valley Road, a half-dozen camera crew members from television’s "ET" hauled video equipment from their cars to Simpson’s house in preparation for an interview today. In Simpson’s kitchen, a broadcast reporter was getting her hair and makeup done.
Simpson, dressed in a white tank top and black stretch pants, sat in a chair in her living room. She was on her phone and laptop. "You have to leave now," she said, referring all inquiries to "her representative." Simpson declined requests from The Star-Ledger to be interviewed and photographed.
Taub, who is based in San Diego said although "ET" was filming at Simpson’s house, the program would not necessarily air because no exclusive deal had been struck.
"Nothing has been finalized," said Taub,
The New York Post reported Simpson, who is 5-feet-4-inches tall and 604 pounds, would like to hit the 1,000 pound mark in two years, eating 12,000 calories per day. That’s the rough equivalent of 11 Big Macs, six large orders of French fries, and 10 large sodas from McDonalds.
Beth Lanzisera, a registered dietician from Cranford, said Simpson will reach her goal weight in under a year, if she continues to consume 12,000 calories a day. Simpson needs 4,000 to 4,500 calories per day to maintain her weight, Lanzisera said and by eating 7,500 more calories each day Simpson will gain about two pounds every day.
Simpson told London’s Daily Mail that she loves to eat sweets like cake and doughnuts. Her favorite food, Simpson told the paper, is sushi -- she can eat 70 pieces in one sitting.
According to the paper, Simpson holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s fattest mother. Weighing 532 pounds, she gave birth to a daughter in 2007, and required a team of 30 doctors to deliver the baby.
Calling it "worrisome," Lanzisera said there are a number of health implications associated with Simpson’s goal, including irritated skin, arthritic conditions resulting from pressure on her joints, and serious cardiovascular risks. Simpson’s Body Mass Index, a statistical measure which compares a person’s weight and height, is 103.9, said Lanzisera. A normal BMI is 19-24, someone classified as morbidly obese is 40.
"I just wonder what her underlying motivation is," said the dietician.
Simpson makes money by posting scantily-clad pictures and videos on Supersizedbombshells.com, a website based in San Diego. People can pay to watch her eat and do household chores. Under the alias Treasure Bombshell, Simpson lists her hobbies as going to restaurants, talking with friends, watching videos, snuggling, being fed and traveling in cars. She also likes to receive gift certificates to restaurants.
Taub said after an exclusive deal is struck, Simpson would be open to speaking with reporters. "We’ve been inundated with offers," said Taub.