Heaviest Living Woman Wants to Get Healthy
Pauline Potter is the world’s heaviest living woman, weighing in at 643 pounds in February 2011. She is set to be included in the Guinness World Records list for 2012, but she told People Magazine she would like to find someone to help her get healthy.
“Everything people take for granted—those are the things I dream of,” Potter told People of not being able to live the life she wanted. “I’m not living. I want more.”
Her weight doesn’t allow her to do simple things like drive a car, dance or get dressed in the morning, the magazine said. And since being weighed for Guinness seven months ago, Potter thinks she has gained more weight. She now estimates herself to be close to 700 pounds.
Potter decided to share her story with the world and enter the popular World Records archive because she wants helps. She told People that she hopes someone, such as a doctor or nutritionist, will read about her and offer help.
“I don’t like people to think bad of me, but I’m willing to risk that to get the help,” she said. “I have a lot of love to give, and I want to be able to help others, but I need a little help right now.”
Potter said she has struggled with her weight since she was eight years old, describing herself as a “compulsive eater.” She was 400 pounds when she gave birth to her son Dillon, who is now 19. Her dream is to be able to go on a bike ride with him and be able to attend the movies. She also wants to continue to pursue her nursing degree.
“I have let my weight hold me back on so many things,” she said. “I let it hurt me.”
The 2012 World Records book is set to be released September 15.