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It's Finally Happened, Virginia, We've Hit Bottom - July 8, 2011

Friday, July 08, 2011

Perhaps, Viriginia, there is a Santa Claus, but after reading the following article today about a woman who WANTS to be obese and set new Guinness records, I am probably for the first time in my life utterly speechless.

Here's the link:

The Cliff Notes' version is she weighs 700 pounds and is totally dependent on her (get this) four year old daughter for basic activities of daily living including feeding her gluttonously. She cleverly has found a way to commercialize her "quest" by creating a website where one can subscribe and watch her work her way to her own doom. Excited yet? For this she makes close to 100K a year. I will give her credit for her marketing ability. I just wonder when she hits the thousand-pound mark and dies of a coronary, what becomes of her four year old, as she is a single mom.

Articles like this and Nathan's yearly hot dog eating contest (I mean really - over 60 hot dogs engulfed in 10 minutes?), just give me pause.

It's small wonder that the "diet industry" is such a lucrative one.

I still think Chris Downie is a marketing genius, for making SparkPeople a free site, platforming it on sound weight loss principles. We all owe him so much. Because this little cybercommunity is an amazing one, and I, for one, feel blessed to be a part of it.

Because of SP I strongly feel that we can succeed at permanent weight loss. If we utilize all that is here for us and continue to do so well beyond maintenance, then I firmly believe we will be successful.

And with that, I'm off to the pool for my Friday cardio and weigh in.

What do you have planned for a successful weekend?
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    that is really sad on so many levels
    I agree Chris should be given some award for helping people all over the world to live a healthy lifestyle giving all the tools needed freely
    3120 days ago
  • MIQUEY73
    Wow. That is sad. Great that she brings in that much money but for what? She can't DO anything! And to rely on a four year old is pathetic. That poor child. She shouldn't have to be the "mother" in the relationship!

    I am just sickened by that article. :(
    3122 days ago
    Wow, I can't imagine someone wanting to be that self-destructive. But 100K a year, for what, committing suicide slowly!

    I too am grateful for Chris Downie and this site.
    3122 days ago
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