20/03/2014 07:31 GMT | Updated 20/03/2014 08:59 GMT

Colombia's Fattest Baby Santiago Mendoza ‘Rescued' By Charity (PICTURES)

An obese eight-month-old baby boy who weighs the same as a child of six has been “rescued” by a charity.

Santiago Mendoza is being cared for by Gorditos de Corazon (Chubby Hearts) after his desperate mother asked them for help.

Santiago weighs 44lbs and has already been hospitalised several times during his short life, Radio Caracol reports.

Santiago Mendoza is only eight-months-old but weighs 44lbs already

Now the charity has stepped in, he has been flown to Bogota where he will be cared for by specialists.

Charity director Salvador Palacio Gonzalez told Colombia Reports Santiago will receive surgeries and treatment once his weight is lowered.

Santiago's mother admits she would feed her son every time he cried

He expressed fears that childhood obesity is on the verge of becoming an epidemic in the country, adding: “This puts their lives at risk at an early age due to multiple associated diseases."

Santiago’s mother Eunice Fandino said: “He was born with an anxiety, so if he cried I just fed him.”

The little boy is in the care of medics recruited by the charity Chubby Hearts

She added she was “optimistic” about the help being offered to her son and promised to follow the advice of his doctors.

Findings at a recent American Heart Association meeting in San Francisco claimed strict upbringings and poverty could increase the changes of children being obese.

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