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Eight-Month-Old Baby Weighs 44lbs - Over 3st!

19/03/2014 19:44 | Updated 20 May 2015

A baby of just eight months old is being put on a strict diet by concerned doctors.

Sounds shocking? Well, it may be the only way to save the life of an eight-month old who is already morbidly obese.

Santiago Mendoza already tips the scales at 44lb (20kg) and has been dubbed 'Colombia's Fattest Baby' by media in the South American country.

To put that into perspective, Santiago weighs the same as three average children of his age put together. He is already experiencing health problems as a result of his dizzying weight gain and has been hospitalised several times.

A charity reached out to Santiago's mum as she became increasingly concerned about her son, and brought the little boy from the family's home in the north-east of the country to the nation's capital, Bogotá, to see specialist doctors and surgeons before it's too late.

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"I don't want him to go on like this," she told reporters. "God willing, the diet they are going to put him on for his heart will work to reduce his weight."

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Doctors reported that they could find no medical reason for his astounding size, ascribing his condition to overfeeding. The little boy will now be placed on a strictly controlled diet to help him shed his excess pounds before his health problems get the better of him.

Salvador Palacio González, the director of the charity which intervened to save Santiago, warned of the rise of 'infantile morbid obesity' in Colombia, where two out of five children are now above a healthy weight.

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