Did you know the average height for an American man is just over 5’9″? The average U.S. woman weighs 152 pounds. Most of us hate the word “average”. We want to stand out in a crowd. We want to be unusual. But this week “average” doesn’t look so bad.
Standing on his tiptoes, He Pingping, of China, was two and a half feet tall. He was the world’s shortest man. The Guinness World Record’s Craig Glenday said He was “an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual” and “showed us that, despite the challenges we face, we can still make the most out of life.” He died this week in Italy at the age of 21.
42 year old Donna Simpson also made headlines this week. The British newspaper Daily Mail
says the New Jersey mom has a hefty goal to become the heaviest woman on Earth. She’s well on her way. Simpson now weighs 600 pounds. Her ideal weight, according to the paper? 1000 pounds. Later, Simpson told ABCNews.com
that the Mail twisted the story a bit. She said, “The whole thing about the 1000 pounds is a fantasy I provide to my fans.” Fans? Simpson is a model on Supersizedbombshells.com, a Web site for men who worship big women.
He Pingping also liked the attention his size got him. Last year he visited The Big Apple, and the New York Daily News
followed him around for a day, as he waved at gawkers. He’s brother-in-law is quoted as saying, “He likes to watch TV, listen to music and smoke.” The paper reported, “He had to stand on his toes to reach the lowest buttons on the elevator (at his hotel).” “I wanna pick him up and put him in my purse!” said a woman on the street.
I doubt anyone says that about Donna Simpson. She reportedly consumes 12,000 calories a day in her effort to please her fans, and supports her diet with money earned from a website where people pay to watch her eat. “I love eating and people love watching me eat,” she told the Daily Mail. “It makes people happy, and I’m not harming anyone.”
Donna Simpson and He Pingping. I doubt they never met each other. But they share a common bond. One has already reached the record books, the other is reportedly eating her way into it. I have compassion for both. And also a new appreciation for being “average.”