Thursday 14 November 2019

Baby 'weighs same as five-year-old'

Eight-month old Santiago Mendoza sits at a clinic in Bogota, Colombia.
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.

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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