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Monday, September 12, 2011

Obese toddler eating to his death

Lu Hao, a 3-year-old boy from China, weighs 132 pounds (60kg), five times the size of a normal child his age, Britain's The Sun newspaper reported.

The toddler's insatiable hunger and rapid weight gain has baffled doctors. They suspect the boy's low birthweight, at 5.7 pounds, might have something to do with it.

Lu can eat three big bowls of rice at a sitting and "cries nonstop" if denied what he wants, Lu Yuncheng, the toddler's father told the Sun.

Lu's parents have to try every method to curb their child's diet and encourage physical activity, often all in vain. The 3-year-old prefers to ride on his mother's motorcycle rather than walk to kindergarten and throws temper tantrums when his parents attempt to lighten his food intake.

Doctors in China suspected the child's weight gain might be caused by a hormonal disorder, but tests revealed his hormones were normal, further deepening what some doctors believe to be a medical mystery.

For now, Lu Hao's parents continue to monitor their son's diet and hope that his hunger settles down.

A netizen named Jean Bohinc suggested that the boy might have Prader-Willi syndrome. If the parents realize the problem, then doctors can help them deal with it.

Prader-Willi syndrome is the result of a missing gene in chromosome 15. Children affected by the syndrome have an extreme craving for food resulting in a quick and uncontrollable weight gain.


  1. Prader-Willi syndrome? first time dengar oo..tapi kesian juga dgn keadaan budak ni..uncontrolable weight gain..hermm

  2. hiduo untuk makan? makan untuk hidup? ni idak, makan sampai ....