Actually the story is quite true, despite the “Weekly World News” vibe to it.
Here in the bay area (I think it was in Emeryville, a suburb of San Francisco) a thirteen year old girl died of heart disease brought about from her 600+ weight.
The local news seemed more interested in the city procecuter indicting the mother for abuse or gross neglagence or something than the overweight girl herself. The girl supposedly had bedsores and was found in a housefull of fast food detrius.
I seem to recall that after the news exausted the freak value of the story the case was quietly plea-bargained away behind closed doors.
For a while the crime scene photos were the hot item among the University servers (soon supplanted by the Tupac Shakur autopsy photo and that bug-eyed baby we’ve all seen).