132 Pound Toddler Baffles Doctors In China
A toddler in China weighs 132 pounds and is baffling doctors by his rapid weight gain, according to a report by Britains The Sun.
Lu Hao, a 3-year-old, was born slightly underweight at about 6 pounds, but now weighs five times the weight of an average boy his size. Doctors suspect his low birth weight may be contributing to his extreme case of obesity and gaining of 22 pounds in the past year.
The childs parents have repeatedly encouraged behavior that would bring down his weight, but he refuses to lower his food intake or exercise. They have installed a basketball hoop and encouraged physical activity, but the boy doesnt like to exercise.
Furthermore the parents claim that Lu Hao controls them with his tantrums. They say he will eat three bowls of rice in one sitting and cry if he does not get what he demands. His mother, Chen Yuan, told The Sun, "We have to let him be, as if we don't feed him he will cry non-stop.
Specialists in China guessed that the extreme weight gain and hunger could be due to excessive hormones, but tests revealed no hormonal imbalance. Its enough for some medical specialists to deem the case a medical mystery.
Meanwhile his parents struggle to curb the childs appetite and battle against the health risks of obesity. Obesity is already a common condition in young children in America due to sedentary lifestyle and high calorie intake. Child obesity rates have tripled in the last 30 years in the U.S., with 17 percent of children between 2 and 19 years considered obese, according to the Center for Disease Control.