Even Pang Ya thinks the Daily Mail kind of phoned this story in
Yes, yes, the Daily Mail is not perhaps the bastion of great journalism, but there were three things I found annoying in their story about Pang Ya, a two-year-old who weighs a whopping 91lbs.
1. The title is “Pictured: The Chinese GIRL toddler who weighs 6.5st at the age of two.” Emphasis theirs. I did a search for any Chinese BOY toddler who may have weighed nearly as much and found this kid. But since the Daily Mail makes no mention of this other gendered fat toddler anywhere in their article, I’m going to assume that to them, somehow, the fact that this baby weighs as much as some Chinese adults is even more surprising because she’s a she.
2. This is obviously some hormone growth problem – you normally can’t force feed babies to grow this fast. So why are they tying it to the obesity problem in China and not, say, more likely sources – genetics… maybe pollution. Granted, I suppose it’d be harder to get accurate statistics of birth defects in China, but really. Yes, obesity is a problem in China – and we’ve covered that (and covered coverage of that) – but making this story an obesity issue is like pointing out a Progeria patient and trying to talk about how kids grow up waaay too fast these days.
3. This sentence: “Two years ago the country got its first Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant.” Way to pull that factoid COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR OWN ASS, guys.