People become morbidly obese for as many different reasons as people become hooked on drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. Sometimes it's an addiction. Sometimes it's to become numb to problems in life. Sometimes it is a compulsion to eat that seems overwhelming and uncontrollable. Certain folks have addicive personalities and what they become addicted to sometimes kills them and certainly seems gross and bizarre.
Addictions do not make sense and they are not pretty. Who would want to be addicted to anything? I certainly do not want to be obsessed with food, but I have been most of my life. I weigh 338lbs and once weighed 372lbs. It blows my mind that I was nearly 400lbs. When I look in the mirror, I do not see myself that size. I guess it is similar to an anorexic/belemic seeing herself as fat. Distorted body image is one way people with eating disorders perpetuate their denial of the reality of health risk, but it's not necissarily intentional. I have always known I was heavy, but could not see myself as others do. I have always been active and relatively healthy. It was not until I was unable to walk that I considered my weight a health risk. Once I could walk again I started exercising 6 days a week and eating sensibly. I stuck to the plan and saw 20+lbs practically fall of. Then my weight loss stalled and even though I was working out and eating properly I was tired all of the time. All of the sudden I was gaining 2 lbs a week instead of losing it even though I was doing all of the right things. My thyroid gave out on me, but I would not know that for another year. So my weight climbed and I slept alot and nothing interested me, even food. I was probably eating less than ever cause I simply did not care.
Finally I found out about my thyroid and got on the right meds to correct the malfunction. Now, I am finally losing weight and I have a huge appetite for different foods again. I manage it knowing that the last bite will taste just the same as the first one so I eat less and still enjoy the foods I love.
The point of my rambling is that everyone has a story. Morbidly obese people have intelegent thoughts and a multitude of feelings beyond hunger. Maybe the next time you see a very large person you will consider that they are not that different from you.
I hope you can appreciate the tone in which I wrote this, as it was not intended to be preachy but light and informative.