April 15, 2010 Volume CXXVII Issue 10

Woman aims for 1,000 lbs

By EVAN HARRELL
Staff Writer

Donna Simpson posts pictures of herself eating to earn money that supports her habit.

Many of us have fantasies. Some people would like to be a famous athlete, become President or even just to get out of college alive. What if, however, it was your goal to weigh 1,000 pounds? Yes, there were three 0’s on the end of that 1. This is the fantasy of 43-year-old New Jersey native, Donna Simpson, who already weighs 604 pounds and wears 7XL clothing. Yes, seven. What’s worse is Simpson says she knows this fantasy will never come true, yet she eats as if there is no tomorrow.

Simpson also has a 3-year-old daughter to take care of and a 150-pound boyfriend, who she claims would like for her to be even bigger, saying, “He’s a real belly man and completely supports me.” Simpson says she could achieve her goal of a thousand pounds in just two years by consuming 12,000 calories a day (over six times more than a woman should normally eat).

Now, Guinness World Records is considering pinning Simpson down in history as the largest woman to ever give birth. Guinness, however, dispels the notion that they are enablers for her obesity, saying, “We’re not pushing people out there to eat, we’re in no way asking them to live an unhealthy lifestyle…We’re just impartially chronicling superlatives.” Guinness did have to terminate the category of “fattest pet” though, because their owners were feeding them excessive amounts of food only to win the record. But apparently that’s only unethical for animals, not humans.

Simpson cannot walk much farther than 20 feet and needs a motor-powered grocery cart to support her habit. Also, in order to pay for her $750 tab every week, Simpson posts videos of her eating online for people to pay to watch. “I love eating and people love watching me eat,” she says. “It makes people happy, and I’m not harming anyone.” Except yourself. I mean, I don’t have much room to speak; I’m by no means in shape either. But I definitely know my weight affects my health. And if Simpson continues riding her grocery cart down Gluttony Parkway, she may be hurting someone other than herself: taxpayers. That’s right; if she has a heart attack or blood clot or gets diabetes and needs to go to the hospital, you might end up paying for her medical bills.

Simpson says, “This whole thousand-pound goal has gotten blown way out of proportion. This is a fantasy of mine. It’s not reality, yet everyone takes this and runs with it.” Well, yeah. Kind of. Miss Simpson, what quality of life do you want to have, exactly? What jobs are you going to be able to hold to support your family? Furthermore, what kind of example are you setting for your daughter? If Guinness doesn’t see the harm and Simpson can’t take responsibility for her own life or the life of the daughter she needs to take care of, should the government be able to step in and do something? Social services take children away from alcoholics and drug abusers. Is it right to take children away from parents who abuse food?Maybe instead of punishing Simpson or overeating by taking away her child, the government should help make weight loss centers and dieticians more readily available. Maybe if healthier foods were cheaper and plentiful, obesity rates would drop. And just maybe Simpson needs love and help rather than hate and punishment.


Student writes open letter to trustee

Dear Mr. Trustee,

I’ve heard that there has been some stipulation as to why Georgetown graduates have a hard time giving back to my soon-to-be alma mater. I’m not going to speak on behalf of those graduates, but I can speak on behalf of myself and why I’ll have a hard time opening my checkbook in the future. I can assure you that it has nothing to do with the education that I’ve received. I do believe that I have studied with some of the best students and learned from some of the best professors that this world has to offer and I wouldn’t trade the education I’ve received here for anything.

However, there are some things that worry me. The first is that, being an English major, our library doesn’t have many books dated after 1975 and here in 2010, it is essential that students have access to the latest research. This does not mean only journal articles that we can find on JSTOR or EBSCO. I have heard that we only have the lowest subscription to those sites, so we are only able to access the bare minimum. This is a problem because if Georgetown College wants to keep the reputation of an esteemed liberal arts institution and wants to see that level of work from its students, then we need to have the best resources available.

Granted, driving the half hour to the William T. Young Library and paying to park because we are not students at the University of Kentucky is possible. But this still keeps much of the student body at a disadvantage. We all know these are hard times financially for many people. I think some of the loan statements in the business office can attest to that. As I’m sure has been duly noted by the administration, there are serious issues with the state of student housing. It’s a serious problem when a student requests to have their air conditioning filter changed and when it’s removed, there’s an inch of mold on it. It’s also a serious problem that there are tiles in the ceilings that are broken, molding and missing. I know that a couple of years ago there was an inspector that came to view the state of the dorms and reported back to someone that we have a serious problem and it needs to be addressed. The source of that information asked to not be named.

I think the major problem is that, as a student, I am uninformed. If a decision is made in the upper echelons of the administration, students don’t hear about it until the change has already taken place. These changes affect students. We are the body of Georgetown and the ones who make it an institution. Without students there would be no one to teach, no one to study and no one to donate. As a soon-to-be alum that is considering the best way to field fundraising phone calls and emails, I can tell you that at this point, my answer will be no. Frankly, I don’t know where my money would be going. Would it be to address the issues I designate it for?

Sincerely,

Caitlin Chilton, a Member of the Senior Class of 2010


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