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Obesity of a Mexico born child can’t be explained, doctors say

Mexico leads the world in childhood obesity and diabetes. There are multiple causes but  a  child case is posing now problems to doctors to explain. Only 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales from Tecoman, in the Pacific coast state of Colima, weighs 28 kilos.

A month old, the boy had to wear clothes meant for two- or three-year-olds. He cannot walk or even crawl. At birth he weighed 3.5 kilos, about the same as his brother Mario who is now a normal boy. “I thought it was because I had good breast milk,” said his mother, 24-year-old Isabel Pantoja. One of the main hypotheses is that he could have a disease called Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic condition in which children have an insatiable appetite and weak muscle tone. But the child does not eat voraciously or spend the day demanding food.

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The parents where shocked when a paediatrician told them the boy might need hormone injections that cost $US555 (A$724) each. His father who works at a juice plant earns just a little over $US200  a month. The treatment could help. His parents created a Facebook page and opened a bank account for people to donate money for Luis Manuel’s medical care. He has to go to the hospital as many as four times a week for tests. For the instant, no real solution was found to help him.

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