Lu Hao is 132 pounds and one toddler who was born underweight, at 5.7 pounds. He is now five times the size of a normal child his age.
Doctors are now baffled by the 3-year-olds insatiable hunger and rapid weight gain. They suspect his low birthweight might have something to do with it. Lu Hao’s parents have attempted to curb their child’s diet and encourage physical activity. However, such attempts have been rebuked by the 3-year-old, who prefers to ride on his mother’s motorcycle rather than walk to kindergarten and throws temper tantrums when his parents attempt to lighten his food intake.
His father, Lu Yuncheng, said that the toddler can eat three big bowls of rice at a sitting and “cries nonstop” if denied what he wants. This hasn’t stopped his parents from seeking further information about their son’s inexplicable weight gain. According to ABC News, Hao’s parents have taken him to specialists in China. Doctors suspected the child’s weight gain might be caused by a hormone disorder, but tests revealed his hormones were normal.
For now, Lu Hao’s parents continue to monitor their son’s diet and hope that his hunger settles down. While Lu Hao is an extreme case, many parents are faced with the obstacle of protecting their children from obesity. In the U.S., childhood obesity rates continue to rise — more than tripling in the last 30 years, with an estimated 17 percent of children (ages 2 to 19) considered obese, according to the CDC.