Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 639–645 | Cite as

Feederism in a Woman

  • Lesley L. TerryEmail author
  • Paul L. Vasey
Clinical Case Report Series


Feederism is a fat fetish subculture in which individuals eroticize weight gain and feeding. Feeders are individuals who claim to become sexually aroused by feeding their partners and encouraging them to gain weight. Conversely, Feedees are individuals who claim to become sexually aroused by eating, being fed, and the idea or act of gaining weight. Very little is known about this population. This report describes a woman who self-identified as a Feedee. It is unclear, at present, whether female Feederism represents a unique paraphilia or a thematic variation of morphophilia or sexual masochism.


Feederism Paraphilia Sexual arousal Sexual masochism Morphophilia 



We would like to express our thanks to two anonymous reviewers, Katherine Frank, Anne Lawrence, and Martin Lalumière. We also thank the webmaster of Fantasy for allowing us to use that website for our research. Most of all we would like to express our sincere appreciation to “Lisa.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

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