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Friday 22 August 2014

Baby 'weighs same as five-year-old'

Published 19/03/2014 | 12:22

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Eight-month old Santiago Mendoza sits at a clinic in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The baby weighs more than 20 kilos and will be on a diet to lose weight, said therapist Salvador Palacios of a nonprofit organization that cares for obese children. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Eight-month old Santiago Mendoza sits at a clinic in Bogota, Colombia.
Eunice Fandino with her eight-month old son Santiago Mendoza at a clinic in Bogota, Colombia (AP)

An eight-month-old Colombian baby has been put on a strict diet by doctors, after reaching more than three times the weight of a normal-sized child of his age.

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Santiago, who weighs 21 kilograms (46 lb), will be taken off formula milk and fed vegetables and juices to get his weight down to a healthy 8 kilograms (18 lb).

Doctors say there is no medical reason for his weight gain - he has simply been overfed. He now weighs the same as an average five-year-old.

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