44 pound baby put on strict diet

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COLOMBIA — An 8-month-old baby from Colombia that weighs 44 pounds has been put on a strict diet because he weighs over three times more than he should, according to doctors.

Folds of fat were hindering Santiago Mendoza’s ability to move, according to ABC News. He was flown from his home in the northeastern city of Valledupar to the capital Bogota on Sunday. 

“I’m worried about his obesity,” the boy’s mother told RCN Television. “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.”

Volunteers from Medellin-based Chubby Hearts foundation (Gorditos de Corazon) stepped in to transport the boy after his mother Eunice Fandiño reached out for help.

Doctors have put the baby on a “strict diet,” saying he needs to reach a healthy weight of 17 pounds. Doctors said they don’t believe there is a medical reason for the baby’s weight gain, saying he was just apparently overfed.

Read more: ABC News

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