In our ongoing Threesday feature, Shanghaiist takes the time to count out three of….well, whatever catches our fancy that week. This week, it’s China’s giant babies.
Three-year-old Xiao Hao
Maybe there’s still some tainted baby formula floating around, but stories about extremely overweight Chinese toddlers have popped up all over the news these past few months. And so, in our fashion, we’re taking a moment to point out three giant babies that have erupted to fame, if not fortune, recently.
1. Xiao Hao
Just yesterday, another report came out about a three year old in Guangzhou weighing 140lb. Seriously. Some doctors believe the blame falls on the parents, who spoil their children with fast food and other junk that somehow cause them to gain the pounds-because we all know that eating french fries will triple our waist size.
Remember the Daily Mail’s story about Pang Ya, the little girl who ballooned to 91 pounds at two years old?
Yeah, the media just loves to cite stats on China’s growing obesity problem as an explanation for these larger than life kids, especially since specialists cannot find a medical reason for their enormous size. Apparently her parents have tried to help her lose weight, but does it look like anything short of a hormone intervention would work?
10-month-old “Michelin” baby
3. The Michelin Baby
Although certainly a growing issue in China as the country becomes more sedentary with greater affluence, lack of movement cannot explain how a 10 month old, who has barely learned to walk, weighs 44lb, and yet remains relatively healthy. The parents attribute the extra poundage to their child’s daily routine which consists of, shockingly, breastfeeding and sleeping.
Most likely some kind of hormone imbalance accounts for these “Michelin” babies (a cruel term, though undeniably funny) but until the research comes out we can only continue speculating…perhaps the Asian offspring of Paul Bunyan.