How can people be so gullible?
We’ve published some pretty strange stories from around the globe before, but once we saw this information about a “breatharian” couple floating around, we got suspicious. A married couple with children claimed that they’ve hardly eaten anything for the last few years yet they are more healthy because of it. Their outrageous claims spread through the internet at a viral speed, but it wasn’t without serious doubts trailing along behind.
We’ve got the whole scoop on how a family’s alleged lifestyle went viral then turned out to be false.
The Original Story
It all started with an article posted by The Sun on June 15th. Writer Lauren Windle wrote about one particular “breatharian” family, saying, “Camila and Akahi – who have a five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter together – have survived on little else besides a piece of fruit or vegetable broth just 3 times per week since 2008. And Camila even practised a Breatharian PREGNANCY – not eating anything during the entire nine months that she carried her first child.”
Those are some pretty outrageous claims. So outrageous that everyone wanted to read about their seemingly impossible lifestyle.
Spreading Like Fire
Outlets everywhere started reporting on the story, but most didn’t do any further investigation into the practice or the family claiming to take part in it. The New York Post quoted Camila Castello as saying, “Now, Akahi and I eat very sporadically — perhaps three or four times per week at the most. I might have a few vegetables, a juice or a bite of an apple with my children. Sometimes we have a glass of water too.”
Well, the articles and the quotes looked legit enough, but it was very hard to believe that people can survive on just a few bits of fruit and water every week, especially a pregnant woman. So that old reliable internet fact-checking site Snopes decided to look further into the matter.
It wasn’t really surprising what they found out about the Breatharians…