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According to this post on a Facebook page, this couple lost 500 pounds of weight in 2 years. Is it real or just a fake post?

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    It is easy to find newspaper articles and interviews of this couple. Is that sufficient evidence? If not, what would it take to convince you?
    – Oddthinking
    Sep 30 '14 at 9:48
  • @Oddthinking i just needed references, which i have got now Sep 30 '14 at 12:28
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Their story was told on several news outlets:

  • ABC News -- "Husband and Wife Lose Over 500 Pounds Together" (September 17, 2013)
  • Huffington Post -- "I Lost Weight: Justin And Lauren Shelton Lost More Than 500 Pounds Together" (September 16, 2013)
  • Daily Mail -- "Husband and wife reveal their unbelievable transformation after losing a combined 524 POUNDS in 19 months" (September 17, 2013)
  • Today (NBC News) -- "Husband, wife lose more than 500 pounds" (September 16, 2013)

Maybe that's sufficient evidence: the standard for this site requires that the evidence referenced in an answer must be better than the evidence presented/questions in the OP; I hope that national news stories (in this answer) are better, more fact-checked, than an unknown Facebook page (in the OP).

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