Santiago Mendoza, the 40-pound baby from Colombia, has been cut off from formula and moved to a juice and vegetable diet in efforts to reduce the 8-month-old's body mass.
Despite his normal birth weight of seven pounds, four ounces, Mendoza has gained about twice as much weight as he should have for a baby his age, according to the Daily Mail
A charity based in Medellin, Chubby Hearts (Gorditos de Corazon), paid for the family's recent trip to the capital Bogota after Mendoza's mother wrote asking for assistance. There, doctors crafted the new diet plan for Santiago.
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"I don’t want him to continue like this so, God willing, the treatment they’re going to give him for his heart will work to reduce his weight," said his mother, Eunice Fandiño, in an interview with RCN Television. "I'm worried about his obesity."
The target goal for baby Santiago is 17 pounds. As he begins to approach that weight, he should be able to begin crawling and, eventually, walking. He's been unable to learn these basic skills at his current weight.
He has been hospitalized several times, but his mother said each time she would give him food or milk to soothe him, which only worsened the problem.
"In the future, he could suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and severe problems with his joints," said surgeon Cesar Ernesto Guevar. "Likely, what he will need is a long-term treatment, education, healthy food, and, when he is older, physical activity."
The treatment should also lighten the load on the mother's back. She is mostly confined to the house right now, as it's nearly impossible to carry her 40-pound baby around.
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