Fat shaming is bad and it’s awful at the best of times. But when your baby is fat, in fact, the fattest baby in the world, then fat shaming is really awful. Because people cannot help but stare at Luis Manuel Gonzales who is just 10 months old but weighs 28 kgs (62 pounds).
LUIS MANUEL GONZALES – FATTEST BABY IN THE WORLD
Isabel Pantoja, 24-year-Mexican is the mother of cute Luis Manuel. She is desperately worried about his son’s weight, as are the doctors, and they have been receiving medical attention.
Luis Manuel weighed 3.5 kgs (8 pounds) at birth, which is a pretty average weight. Isabel breastfed and her son started putting on weight immediately. She was praised for her excellent breast milk until things started getting out of hand.
Isabel Pantoja, 24, from the Pacific coast state of Colima, said
At first, I thought it was because I had good breast milk, but now I’m desperately worried about my son.
Because Luis Manuel Gonzales is so fat, the fattest baby in the world, he can hardly do anything on his own. By now he should be sitting upright on his own, crawling and even getting ready to walk. But it is hard for Luis to even sit, he just rolls over.
Babies love to be carried and held but holding a baby of 28 kgs is not easy. Also, pushing a baby of 28 kgs in a stroller is not easy. And getting people not to stare is not easy either. Being the parents of the fattest baby in the world is incredibly worrying and very difficult.
Doctors think that baby Luis Manuel may be suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome. This is a syndrome where babies want to eat all the time. But this baby is not demanding food and neither does he have a voracious appetite. He drinks normally and eats normally but his weight keeps ballooning.
Doctors are now thinking he may suffer from a hormone imbalance and are doing daily blood tests to try and find out the cause. The problem with hormone treatment is that the costs are exorbitant – over USD 500 per injection.
Luis’s dad earns just USD 200 per month. They have started a Facebook page to look for funding and hopefully, they get it soon.
It’s not easy for Luis’ brother either, who is almost three years old. He doesn’t understand why his baby brother is so fat and gets so much attention – good and bad. And of course, having a baby brother who is not quite right puts a huge strain on the whole family.
There are doctors who are helping and hopefully, the Gonzales family can get Luis’ weight under control soon. We wish them luck.