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FAKE-NEWS: – ‘600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby’

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on January 17, 2015

Outline

Circulating report claims that a 600-pound woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby at a hospital in Perth, Western Australia. The report features photographs of the woman and baby. 

Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are false. No such birth took place and the story is fictional. The images are unrelated and taken from elsewhere. The first picture depicts a 17-pound baby born in Russia in 2007. The second picture shows a morbidly obese woman who featured on reality TV show ‘My 600-lb Life’. The false report comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report. None of the reports published on the site should be taken seriously.

Example

AUSTRALIA: 600-POUND WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO 40-POUND BABY

Perth | A 600-pound woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby at Perth’s King Edward Memorial Hospital, a record breaking weight that could possibly make the newborn the largest baby ever born, reports the Western Australian Herald this morning.

Forty Pound Baby Hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a report that has circulating via social media since 2015, a 600-pound woman has given birth to a whopping 40-pound baby at a hospital in Perth, Australia.

The report claims that the gigantic baby took medical staff by surprise because they were expecting twins or triplets.

The story includes photographs supposedly depicting the baby and mother.

However, the claims in the report are untrue. No such birth took place.

The first picture in the fake report shows Nadia, a baby born in Russia in September 2007.  Nadia weighed in at 17 pounds, very large, but still a long way short of the forty-pound figure quoted in the article.

The second image depicts US woman Christina who featured in the reality TV program ‘My 600-lb Life’.  The two images are unrelated and were stolen from other sources for use in the fake article. 
The false story comes from the fake-news ‘satirical’ website World News Daily Report.  The site includes the following disclaimer:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people –  are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

However, because the site presents its fictional material as news, many readers are apt to believe the reports and share them online.

According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest recorded birth was that of a baby born in Ohio USA in 1879. The baby weighed 22 pounds. Another 22-pound baby was born in Italy in 1955.

More and more fake-news websites have appeared online in recent years and, between them, they supply a seemingly endless stream of nonsense that circulates far and wide.

It is thus a good idea to verify any ‘news’ stories that come your way before you share them.

A quick search on an online news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a story is true.

 

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer