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Donna was crowned the World’s Heaviest Mother in 2007 by Guinness World Records when she weighed in at 532 pounds before giving birth to her daughter Jacqueline.
Fast-forward to 2011 and the mother of two now weighs 600lbs. So why has she decided to lose weight?
When her husband-to-be ended their relationship, Donna thought it was time for a change. A few months ago, after she and her fiance broke up, the Ohio native moved from New Jersey to Akron, near where she was raised. The change of scenery has inspired her to try to alter her lifestyle.
As she told HuffPost:
"It's fine to gain weight when you have a partner who will help feed you and take care of everything around you, but that's between two adult people who make the choice. I realized that I couldn't expect my kids to do that for me."
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On her personal website, Donna explained that family concerns are the main reason behind her decision to lose the weight. She says:
"Now that I have sole responsibility of taking care of my children, I must drastically change my lifestyle, most people see me as a woman who became famous for wanting to gain weight while the rest of the world was trying to slim down. This was true as I was in a relationship that was based on a fetish that exists only in a fantasy."
We hope for the best for Donna and her children in her pursuit to lose weight.