Ten-month-old Luis Gonzales (L) and his mother Isabel Pantoja, 24, are pictured at their home in Tecoman, Colima state, Mexico on November 8, 2017.
TECOMÁN, Mexico (AFP) — Like any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds).
He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns a little over US$200 a month. And doctors do not yet know why young Luis Manuel is so huge.
Mexico leads the world in childhood obesity and diabetes, and Gonzales is an extreme example of this unwelcome distinction.
At birth he weighed 3.5 kilos, about the same as his brother Mario, who is almost three but is now dwarfed by his baby brother.
At two months of age, Luis weighed 10 kilos. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18 kilos.
“I thought it was because I had good breast milk,” said his mother, 24-year-old Isabel Pantoja, speaking in the unpainted cement home where the family lives in Tecoman, in the Pacific coast state of Colima.
His parents created a Facebook page and opened a bank account for people to donate money for Luis Manuel’s medical care.
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