VOTD: HELP! THIS EIGHT-MONTH-OLD BABY WEIGHS 38 POUNDS! AVERAGE WEIGHT OF A 4-YEAR-OLD!

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She is adorable.. but ..  poor baby. She obviously has a medical condition to gain this much weight.

No baby can put on that kind of weight just from food intake considering that she is only 8 months old, barely eating solid food. There has to be a reason. A syndrome..a problem. They can’t test her blood because they can’t get a needle thru her skin. I’m pretty sure that’s also not normal. There’s clearly something wrong here that is out of her parents’ control.

This is so sad to watch, although the parents say she is constantly hungry, it’s all about giving her the correct food and diet, whether she has a health need or not. An eight-month-old baby has no control over what she eats or how much she eats, that’s the parents’ responsibility. They most likely fed her every time she cried to calm her down. Although naturally they need to let her cry…she is being conditioned to know that if she cries she will be fed…There are lots of reason why a baby cries…not just when they are hungry.

Anyhow this baby needs help and needs to be tested…The country they live in, health care is not what it is like here in America and they live in poverty. They live in a village with minimal resources for everything. Let’s hope and pray that they get the medical attention the child needs ASAP.

There’s a condition called Prader-Willi syndrome, a chromosome disorder when the person’s hungry and wants to eat all the time. It may not be her parents’ fault but they certainly aren’t helping by giving her the wrong foods, since this is likely chromosomal – that no matter *what* the child eats, she’s going to gain weight. That is something beyond her control and beyond her parents’ control.

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) can occur in any family, and cannot be prevented. There is no known cause.

PWS is a complex genetic disorder affecting appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior.  It is typically characterized by low muscle tone, short stature (when not treated with growth hormone), incomplete sexual development, cognitive disabilities, behavioral problems, and the hallmark characteristics – chronic feelings of insatiable hunger and a slowed metabolism that can lead to excessive eating and life-threatening obesity. Those who have PWS need intervention and strict external controls, sometimes including padlocking access to food, to maintain normal weight and to help save their lives. It is estimated that one in 12,000 to 15,000 people has PWS.  Although considered a “rare” disorder, PWS is one of the most common conditions seen in genetic clinics and is the most common genetic cause of obesity that has been identified to date.

People with PWS have a flaw in the hypothalamus part of their brain, which normally registers feelings of hunger and satiety.  While the problem is not yet fully understood, it is apparent that people with this flaw never feel full; they have a continuous urge to eat that they cannot learn to control.  To compound this problem, people with PWS need less food than their peers without the syndrome because their bodies have less muscle and tend to burn fewer calories.

 

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