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China: Shanghai Woman Has 13lbs 10oz Baby

A Chinese woman has given birth to a 13lbs 10oz (6.17kg) baby, crediting a diet of milk, eggs and fruit for her super-sized bundle of joy


The 27-year-old mother and her child, who weighs more than six bags of sugar and almost twice the weight of an average Chinese newborn, are said to be in good health.

Doctors at the Shanghai hospital where the child was born said the mother had eaten much more than usual and spent a lot of time in bed while pregnant.

6kg baby born in ChinaThe child's mother said she had eaten 'a lot of fruit' during her pregnancy

They said she gained weight quickly, which made the embryo grow beyond the average size.

The mother told Chinese state TV: "I drink one glass of milk (and) eat an egg every day. That's a must since I became pregnant. I also ate a lot of fruit."

A relative added: "Soup with chicken, pigeon and fish is normal for an expectant mother, as well as seafood including shrimp and fish."

6kg baby born in ChinaThe baby weighs more than six bags of sugar

Xu Chang'en, associate chief physician of the obstetrics department of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University, said the baby could face health problems in the future.

He said: "Obesity may affect the baby's health in the future. Rates of obesity and diabetes are obviously higher for an adolescent or an adult who was born overweight." 

6kg baby born in ChinaA senior doctor said the child may face health problems in later life

The child is not China's biggest ever newborn.

That accolade is believed to belong to Chun Chun, from Xinxiang city in Henan Province, who tipped the scales at 15lbs 8oz (7.04kg) in 2012.

The biggest baby ever born in the UK is thought to be Guy Carr, who weighed 15lbs 8oz (7.03kg) when he was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in 1992.

6kg baby born in ChinaMedical records show the child's birth weight of 6.17kg

According to Guinness World Records, the world's heaviest baby was born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879.

The child, whose parents both had giantism, weighed 10.5kg (23lbs 2oz) but died 11 hours after birth.