We all know what it’s like to eat so much we feel uncomfortably full.
Although this is an occasional incidence for many of us, some people engage in this kind of eating behaviour for the sexual arousal of other people or themselves. It’s one aspect of a broader sexual fetish known as ‘feedism’ or ‘feederism’.
Miss Eve, who describes herself as a non-explicit fetish model, is a member of the feedism community. The 21-year-old has a YouTube account full of videos that depict her gorging on high-calorie foods and drinks, to the point where she bloats, burps and hiccups. Some of her followers donate money towards this footage.
This behaviour is known as 'stuffing' or 'gaining', and the aim is generally to put on weight — though not necessarily a lot of it.
As Vice Munchies reports, some people try 'gaining' individually, often with the encouragement of the online feeder community. Others engage in it within a relationship —one party is the 'feeder', who aids the 'feedee' in eating and gaining weight. Often there's a 'dominant-submissive' dynamic at play, but not always.
The feedism community is quite active online. There are a number of websites, forums and subReddits dedicated to the topic, where people share their gaining experiences, including before-and-after images and footage or audio; and/or encourage the progress of others.
Some gainers, like Miss Eve (who also goes by 'Little Gainer Eve') and Reenaye Starr, make money from sharing their experiences.
As with any sexual preference, every gainer or feeder/feedee's motivation is unique.
"I love eating very caloric, rich foods and I practically squeal with glee if I see the numbers on the scale climb. I like being called piggy, requested to oink and being accused of being gluttonous and lazy," an anonymous member of the feedism community explains on XOJane.
As Mic reports, Miss Eve began gaining with the encouragement of a former boyfriend. "There was something erotic about eating in front of him ... He'd make fun of me, call me a fatass, and I loved it," she recalls. (Post continues after gallery.)