An eight month old baby boy made headlines in Colombia on Tuesday after weighing in at over 20 kilograms (44 pounds), three times heavier than an average child of that age.
Tipping the scales as 21 kilograms (46.3 pounds), the tubby tot, Santiago, has been put on a strict diet by doctors to get his weight down to around 8 kilograms (17 pounds).
Santiago will be taken off formula milk and fed vegetables and juices as part of the diet.
Santiago’s mother, Eunice Fandino, sought the help of a charity that tackles obesity in Colombia after she noticed the baby had problems moving about due to his weight.
According to a foundation there is no medical reason for Santiago’s weight gain – he has just been overfed.
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