Yesterday here in Shanghai, a 27 year-old mother gave birth to a 13lbs 10oz (6.17kg) baby. The mother credits a hearty diet of milk, eggs, and fruit, along with lots of time in bed for her huge bundle of joy.
Although not quite the biggest baby to ever be born in China, he weighs almost double the weight of an average Chinese newborn. The mother told Chinese state TV: “I drink one glass of milk and eat an egg every day. That’s a must since I became pregnant. I also ate a lot of fruit.”
Both mother and baby are in good health, but doctors at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University say that the child could face health problems later in life.
“Obesity may affect the baby’s health in the future. Rates of obesity and diabetes are obviously higher for an adolescent or an adult who was born overweight,” said Xu Chang’en, associate chief physician of the obstetrics department.
Here’s to hoping he becomes the next Yao Ming.
By Lauren Holdcroft