Obese 8-Month-Old Baby Rescued By Charity From Over-Feeding Mom

by
Zohaib Ahmed
Santiago Mendoza is Colombia's and possibly the World's most obese baby. He is only eight-months old but weighs a whopping 20 kilos (44 pounds) – which is what a normal baby weighs at the age of five or six years.

Santiago Mendoza is Colombia's and possibly the World's most obese baby. He is only eight-months old but weighs a whopping 20 kilos (44 pounds) – which is what a normal baby weighs at the age of five or six years.

What the infant Santiago has is metabolic syndrome – a disorder of energy utilization and its storage. But his mother's constant feeding of bottled milk has also contributed to him becoming a compulsive eater at this tender age.

His unhealthy eating routine would have continued if his mother hadn't noticed the folds of fats that formed all across her baby's body.

She then asked a charity organization named the Chubby Hearts Foundation for help, and the young Santiago was then flown from his home in the northeastern city of Valledupar to the capital Bogota for treatment.

"I am worried, first of all because it is difficult to carry him around," the boy's mother Eunice Fandino said. "He looks very cute like this but his health is not good. And so I think he should receive treatment so that he is able to get back to his normal weight."

Chubby Hearts director Salvador Palacio added: "He is a baby who - at the moment - weighs as much as a five or six-year-old in Colombia. He has a metabolic syndrome, in other words progressive weight gain, and he is also suffering from lung problems and anxiety. He is a compulsive eater... We have to subject him to some physical activity therapy programs."

Without this intervention, Santiago ran the risk of having a heart attack. The extra body mass was beginning to hinder his movement, which means it could also have affected the development of his motoring skills.

He has been put on a strict vegetable and fruit diet that doctors believe could bring his weight down to eight kilos, or 17 pounds within a year.

The Chubby Hearts Foundation has now taken over the day-to-day caring of Santiago, so his mother doesn't cause more unintentional damage to the tot's long-term health.

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