Arizona resident Susanne Eman has a goal in life: to be the world's heaviest woman ever. But, at 720 pounds, the mother of two is only halfway to her desired weight.
Eman, 32, said that her bizarre journey began after she naturally could not stop gaining weight. After reaching 490 pounds, Eman said she began attracting more attention from men and found she was more confident than ever.
I'd love to find out if it's humanly possible to reach a ton, she told the British tabloid The Daily Mail. A previous record holder was 1,600 pounds, so I have to be at least that.
Eman, who has a following among fans of Super Size Big Beautiful Women, said she has already passed the record by the former biggest mother ever - 43-year-old Donna Simpson of New Jersey, who weighs in at 700 pounds. Eman hopes to reach 800 pounds by the end of this year and plans on slowly increasing her caloric intake each day so that she will reach 1,600 pounds by the time she is in her early 40s.
Eman visits the grocery store about once a month with sons Gabriel, 16, and Brendin, 12, where she said she usually spends up to eight hours filling multiple shopping carts with enough food to sustain her 22,000 calorie-a-day diet.
It's like a full day's work, said Eman, who, despite using a motorized scooter and being unable to work because of her weight, believes she can stay healthy while reaching her goal.
The bigger I get, the better I feel. I feel more confident and sexy. Why shouldn't I push the limits and see how fat I can get and stay healthy? she said.
Eman said she goes for a waddle and does simple exercises every day to keep her muscles stong. She also takes constantly takes her blood pressure and checks her blood sugar levels and said she plans on immediately contacting a doctor if either reading goes above a certain level.
Although Eman usually consumes impressive meals - such as 12 filled tacos, eight scoops of vanilla ice cream and a pan of brownies for dinner alone - she insists that her children do not feel pressured to emulate her lifestyle.
If I'm making something fatty and they want something healthy, then I make us different meals, she said.
While Eman believes that she can tip 1,000 pounds and stay healthy, no doctor would recommend such an experiment. There are a plethora of health problems connected with carrying excess weight, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. At about 33 percent, the U.S. - where heart disease is the leading cause of death - has the highest rate of obesity in the world
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Guinness Book of World Records reports the land of the free is home to 9 out of the top 10 heaviest people ever recorded.