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'World's Fattest Woman' Hopeful Talks Parenting

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This week on Sirius Satellite Radio, Howard Stern and Robin Quivers spoke with Donna Simpson -- the mom of two who's attempting to become the world's fattest woman and hopes to reach 1,000 pounds -- about parenting.

Robin Quivers

Howard: Do you ever say to yourself, "I owe it to my kids to live"?

Robin: And to just be able to get around and participate with them?

Howard: And are your kids fat? You don't want them to see you and think, "OK, this is what Mom's into ... I'm into it, too."

Donna: No, they're not. They're not fat at all. My son is like 120 pounds and like 5'7" ... he's a stick. And my daughter is regular size ... she's 3.

Howard: Do they beg you to "Please lose weight, Mommy, we don't want you to die," that kind of thing?

Donna: No.

Howard: And you don't worry about that? That you can't be around for them?

Donna: That's why I really try to count out the cholesterol and really try to watch. And all my numbers are good. All my blood work is good.

Robin: And no one says anything to you about the prospects of the future? You have kids ....

Philippe Gouamba [Donna's boyfriend]: Yes, we do have kids ... you should see our little one and Donna's son.

Howard: Does it bother you that she could have trouble taking care of the kids at 1,000 pounds? She'll be bedridden.

Philippe: Well, Donna is a very good mom. Kids need love, they need affection, they need attention and they're getting all of that. We're very fortunate to be living in the United States where we have the best medical care in the world. We have great doctors here. The testimony to that is the birth of our 3 1/2-year-old daughter ... I mean, Donna was 530 pounds when she delivered. It took a team of thirty professionals. Dr. Brian Joseph treated the condition, which was pregnancy and the delivery. He didn't browbeat her into losing weight ten minutes before this delivery. He was a real medical professional who treated the condition, not the lifestyle.

Donna: It only took three people to actually deliver the baby, but they wanted the heads of everything standing by just in case. And of course there were people who just wanted to watch because we had the world's record.

Howard: World's record for what?

Philippe: Heaviest woman to ever deliver a baby vaginally.

Wow. Do you think Donna could be a good mom at 1,000 pounds -- or is this goal just cheating her kids out of a mother?


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63 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kristen June 17, 2010, 4:00 AM

She is cheating her kids AND herself. This is disgusting, she needs mental help. I think if she is on state aid for medical care she should lose that insurance, as a taxpayer I DO NOT want to have to pay for her being irresponsible and trying to meet some stupid goal that will endanger her life.

Katie June 17, 2010, 7:24 AM

I know she is cheating her kids. I am over weight, morbidly obese, but I am combating my condition. I cannot get around at all, and I have a three year old. I have kids that are practically adults, and I know what it takes to be a parent, to raise kids. How much activity it takes to give them everything they need. I am scared to be this way now, and have my three year old to raise. She is lucky she has her boyfriend to chase the kids, because otherwise it would be practically impossible for her to care for them.

Amy June 17, 2010, 7:57 AM

She is so dumb. Proud to “reach” goals for being fat. Wow, wonder what is in the water in that town. One of the Stupidest things I have ever heard.

Natalie June 17, 2010, 9:57 AM

I dont believe that your weight can influence your love for your children, but when you become irresponsible with your life and you have two children to care for that is just unacceptable. I dont understand her motivation so I shouldnt pass judgement on her but she really needs to think of her children. Does she really want strangers bringing up her kids when she dies from complications of being overweight. Where will they go? I understand that there is a boyfriend involved but he is not responsible for the children and so has no need to help pay for and educate them after their mother dies. In the end the children are the ones who suffer the consequences of something that they dont even understand.

Anonymous June 17, 2010, 2:59 PM

I am sickened by what I read…. wth is wrong with this woman????

Jen June 18, 2010, 6:32 PM

I completely agree with Kristen.. If she is getting state help for insurance that should be taken away if she CHOOSES to be so obese that she is ill. That is sick. Just sick. I feel so bad for her children. What sort of example is she setting? She is risking her life and more importantly her kids’ mommy’s life for some insane “goal”. She DOES need mental help. Who are the doctors treating her? There is no way you can weigh that much and do it healthy.

Kristin June 19, 2010, 9:47 AM

I agree with Kristen completely. This is astounding.

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