I’m sure everyone remembers the recent headlines of the 42-year old woman in New Jersey, Donna Simpson, who is attempting to become the fattest women on earth. While she currently weighs ~600lbs she is hoping to crack 1000lbs eventually. Apparently her boyfriend is supporting the initiative, although her little child is too young to voice an opinion. In order to feed her habit, she raises money through her website which allows random men to watch her eat excessively. While this certainly sounds a bit nutty, and goes against grain of the prevailing dieting culture of Western society, gainers, as they are known, are more common that you may think.
In short, gainers are individuals who fantasize about becoming fat. There is a large sexual component to gainer culture with many individuals being fat fetishists or adipophiles – that is, individuals who find fondling an overweight person’s adipose tissue sexually arousing. The presence of such adipophiles may explain how Donna Simpson manages to draw approximately $750/week via her website to pay her hefty grocery bill.
A recent article in the Globe and Mail, interviewed a couple of gainers.
One such male gainer, who blogs on www.gitbigger.com, says the following:
“I love how my weight feels when I run, falling and shaking my body shortly after each step…”
“The only thing I love more than being fat, is getting fatter.”
In a recent blog post, he also writes the following:
Lately I’ve been infatuated with the physics of my belly. I’m starting to notice how it moves with me, how it gets in the way, and it makes me daydream about how it will feel when I’m bigger. The more attention I pay to it, the easier it becomes to imagine sizes like 300, 400. I like to think I don’t romanticize it, but I can’t help lusting over those sizes.
A Canadian female gainer, supposedly weighing in at over 550lbs, who blogs at Amy’s World, and who, according to her bio dislikes dieting, says the following in a recent blog entry:
Happiness: I’ve had some health concerns in the past. At a recent check up they ran some new tests that weren’t available before, and either I’ve made some astonishing progress, or maybe they were just wrong. I now have a clean bill of health.
You know what that means, don’t you?
This fat ass is finally going to get fatter…
There are, in fact, entire websites dedicated to gaining weight, such as GainerWeb, “the premiere website dedicated to the art of growing a bigger and better belly.”
I was really hoping for a profound conclusion to this post, but all I can say is: The internet is an interesting place…