Obese kids

Toddler Tips the Scales at 132 lbs!

Three years old and 132 pounds.

Shown here, the Chinese toddler, Lu Hao, is severely overweight. His parents tell The Sun the boy eats more than both of them at an average meal. And portion control is a battle. Hao throws vicious tantrums when he’s denied food, especially his favorites, ribs and rice.
The Sun

Ironically, Hao didn’t start out this way, KGTV explains.

“Lu Hao weighed just 5.7 pounds when he was born but starting at the age of three months he has gained weight at an incredible pace.”

Fox News reports Hao’s weight has been a problem ever since.

“He was banned from [school] over fears that his size might be a danger to other children and usually plays alone at home — but moving around is becoming tougher and tougher for the overweight toddler.”

According to The Daily Mail- the toddler knows he’s different. His mother tells the paper- superman is his favorite hero- but...

“When asked is he would like to fly like Superman Hao giggles and replies: 'No. I am too fat'.”

So what does it take for a toddler to get so big? - Opinions vary across the board from medical anomaly to plain bad parenting.

A Gather blogger writes...“Lu Hao hasn't been alive long enough to understand what's good for his body. He is a toddler so his parents should do all they can to ensure his quality of life gets better.”

And a pediatrician tells ABC News "’At some level, the parents are being semi enablers,’ … ‘It's, of course, extremely difficult to put a child this young on any kind of a diet, but he needs limitations on his intake.’"

But Asia one suggests- “Another theory is that Xiao Hao is simply an extreme example of China’s ‘Little Emperor’ syndrome, in which parents dote on their children and fail to set any healthy limits for them.”

But the extreme weight could also be a medical problem- a Huffington Post reader says this could be a rare medical disorder.

“‘It sounds like the boy has Prader-Willi syndrome...the result of a missing gene on part of chromosome 15. Children affected by the syndrome have an extreme craving for food. This results in quick and uncontrollable weight gain.”

Hao’s parents say doctors’ have attributed the weight gain to everything from tumors to hormones. They tell The Sun a specialist tells them their son...

"’...is not just overweight but very tall as well so we may be able to treat him if it really is hormonal. ‘But he cannot remain like this or his heart will never stand the strain.’”

Hao’s parents say the toddler dislikes walking and most exercise only increases his appetite.

They add- Hao does enjoy swimming in a nearby river.

This reminded me of a story about a "fat family" that made headlines in Scotland.

Fat family: all seven children taken into care

An overweight couple from Dundee have had all seven children, including a newborn girl, taken into care by social workers because of their size, according to a report.

The 40-year-old mother reportedly weighs 23 stone and her 53-year-old husband weighs around 18 stone.

Some of the children also have weight problems, it is claimed.

The Daily Mirror reported that the family includes a 14-year-old boy who is 16 stone, a 13-year-old girl of 12 stone and a five-year-old girl who is four stone. Some of the children were taken into care earlier this year.

Three of the other children do not have weight problems but they and the newborn girl have been taken from the family amid fears they could end up like their overweight siblings.

It follows the case of a family of four with a combined weight of 83 stone who say they are "too fat to work" and need more than the £22,000 they currently receive in benefits.

In the latest obesity case, Dundee City Council intervened earlier this year after questions were raised over the care provided by the couple, who cannot be named to protect the identity of their children.

The mother gave birth to her youngest earlier this week.

The local authority said any decision to remove children from their family would not be made solely on the basis of their weight. A council spokesman said: "Any decision about a child's situation is given full and careful consideration. In many cases, social workers will have been providing a high level of professional and caring support to a family for many years in a bid to keep them together.

"However, the welfare and safety of a child or children is the over-riding priority and in some cases, despite the strenuous efforts of the agencies providing this support, the best option is for them to be looked after away from their home. Councils will always act with the welfare and safety of children in mind and there can be many reasons for action being taken."

The council said decisions were made by the Children's Panel based on evidence provided by the local authority and health agencies.

The mother told STV News of her distress at having her children removed earlier this month. She said: "All I hear from the two lassies is 'can we come home' and I tell them 'soon darlings'. It hurts. I will take my kids to the obesity clinic and help them get the help that they need. I want the best for my kids - that's the kind of mother I am."

Source: Telegraph

Watch the video about Dundee fat family (STV news).


Marta said…
Hi Graham! I'm glad to see that your blog is back and full of new posts!
I'm impressed with the story of the chinese toddler: firstly, I've judged the parents severely. I've thought that they were unable to set any limits to his only son. But after reading the article to the end, I've realised that it could be a physical problem, which can not be solved by changing the way they're upbringing him.
Graham said…
Hi Marta!

I'm without a laptop at the moment so I'm easing up on the number of posts.

"impressed" has a positive sense in English. I think that you meant that you were SCHOCKED BY THE STORY.


How's it going in London? Missing Madrid at all?
Marta said…
London is fine. It's not so easy to meet British people but I manage to practise my English (I wish I could practice a bit more!). I remember your "pub advise", but the pubs in my neighborhood are a bit dodgy.
About TV series, I prefer "Downton Abbey" to Eastenders or Hollyoaks. Eastenders has a 60-70s style which doesn't fancy me.
Some ads are really funny. I will post any of them.
Spanish things I miss: cañas, sun and strawberries!
Graham said…
Hi Marta,

Maybe, you should join a club of some sort. You will be able to practice English as well as meeting people who share the same interest.

What neighbourhood do you live in? Deptford?

I don't understand the popularity of Eastenders. You should watch Coronation Street on the other side. It's more entertaining.

I remember your "pub ADVICE",

Eastenders has a 60-70s style which I'M NOT KEEN ON. ("... doesn't fancy me" means that they don't find you attractive).
Some ads are really funny. I will post SOME of them.
Spanish things I miss: cañas, sun and strawberries!

You should try Scottish strawberries - delicious!