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132 lb Three Year Old! (photo) Do You Have Advice for Parents?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
I was shocked (and sad) when I saw this story about a 132 pound three-year-old toddler from China. The photo is unbelievable!

Doctors have not found a medical reason and his mom flat out admits 'We have to let him be as if we don't feed him he will cry non-stop'. Non-stop crying is annoying but COME ON! He "hates walking" so his mom drives him to school and his dad carries him around.

Assuming his enormous weight is not caused by a medical problem (Doctors don't think so), what advice would you give the parents to start this kid down a path of health and fitness?

jhilton1 responded:
His crying is annoying? So they let their child be unhealthy just so they arent annoyed? Thats not a parent. A parent is supposed to take care of their child and keep him/her healthy. This child will probably have many diseases and die at a very young age because of the way they are letting him eat. sad.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to jhilton1's response:
I wish Super Nanny would visit them!

She has excellent (and effective) methods to handle kids who are running the house. It sounds like that is happening here! He even dictates how he gets to school!

I wonder if there is a child protection organization that could step in.

nursingbug responded:
This is not a case of normal parent indulgence. Something is very wrong here. I hope there is a social service that can get involved, because that is what is indicated. I cannot imagine that a child of that age would be able to consume enough calories on his own to gain that weight without some kind of mental issue. In that case, he MAY cry if he does not get his way- because it is a compulsive behavior, and to not eat may make him very anxious.
Christopher Tiongson, MD replied to nursingbug's response:
There are too many red flags here. There must be something else going on over than overindulgence. I am very suspcicious of an undiagnosed metabolic or genetic problem.

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