Baby Boom

Claim:   A 600-pound Australian woman gave birth to a 40-pound baby.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, January 2015]

I don’t believe this at all. A 600lb woman couldn’t carry to term, if at all. And the surgeon doing to cesarean would’ve KNOWN it was not multiples because he would’ve been the OBGYN seeing her throughout the pregnancy. People are believing it. Fact, or satire?

Origins:   On 14 January 2015, World News Daily Report published an article titled “Australia: 600 PoundWoman Gives Birth to 40 Pound Baby.” (The claim resurfaced when it was reproduced by the generally satirical site NYMeta on 4 June 2015.)

According to the original claim, an unnamed “single mother” in Australia weighing 600 lbs. gave birth to what was possibly the largest baby in recorded history:

Source: Baby Boom