A ten-month-old baby weighs 28 kilos - as much as a nine-year-old
A ten-month-old baby from Mexico is already weighing 28 kilos. The boy weighs as much as would be normal for a nine-year-old. His mother initially thought that her son's extreme excess weight had to do with her "good breast milk". Doctors warn that the little one's life is in danger.
More and more obese children
Health experts say the number of obese children has increased dramatically. Being overweight can lead to a variety of diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Childhood and adolescent obesity should not be underestimated. A mother from Mexico did not take her son's extreme weight gain too seriously at first, thinking that this had to do with her "good breast milk".
Ten month old boy weighs as much as a nine year old
Ten-month-old Luis Manuel Gonzales weighs as much as an average nine-year-old - the boy from Mexico, who is not even a year old, weighs 28 kilos. When he was born, he weighed a normal 3,600 grams, just like his older brother. But it soon became clear that Luis was different. His parents and doctors can't explain his mysterious weight gain, the Daily Mail reports.
Normal weight at birth
The baby weighed three and a half kilos at birth. At two months, Luis was already weighing ten kilos, and another 18 kg was added in the next eight months.
When he was just over a month old, he had to wear clothes that were intended for two or three year olds.
Luis tired quickly and could hardly move. "He doesn't run and can't even crawl," said the boy's 24-year-old mother, Isabel Pantoja from the Mexican state of Colima.
At first she thought the enormous growth was due to the fact that she "had good breast milk".
But now she is very worried about her son. However, the doctors have so far found no explanation for the obesity in the local hospital, where she repeatedly took her boy.
A genetic disease may be responsible for being overweight
One of the main hypotheses is that the boy could have a disease called Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a genetic condition in which children have an insatiable appetite.
According to the Prader-Willi syndrome association Germany e. V. people with PWS do not know what “being full” means.
Those affected therefore experience “no feeling of satiety, which is why they cannot regulate their eating behavior. This is how they develop an insatiable appetite, ”the experts write on their website.
"Life-threatening overweight and corresponding secondary diseases, such as diabetes mellitus or cardiovascular diseases, are possible consequences of such an addiction to food," warns the association.
"The PWS is not curable. But you can steer the disease in a positive way with a variety of therapies and measures, e.g. through the early use of pedagogical-psychological support to promote psychosocial development, ”the experts continued.
Hormone and thyroid disorder
But it is still unclear whether the boy actually has PWS. He currently has to go to the hospital four times a week to take tests.
"It hurts to watch the nurses look for a vein under the fat bulges on his arms," said father Mario Gonzales, according to the Daily Mail.
But there is hope. Silvia Orozco, a nutritionist, contacted the family and examined the boy.
The doctor told the AFP news agency that the liver, lungs and heart of the little one are "fat".
"His life is in danger, but we hope we can help him," said Orozco.
She still wants to wait for the results of tissue analysis in the United States, but already suspects that Luis is not suffering from PWS, but possibly from a hormone and thyroid disorder, which is due to malnutrition during pregnancy. If this is the case, the boy can be treated well. (ad)