At 17kg, ‘obese’ 8-month-old baby stumps doctors

Chahat-KumarPETALING JAYA: Chahat Kumar, an eight-month-old baby girl from Punjab, India, has bulked up to more than 17kg, and no one knows why.

There is no explanation for it according to her mother, who has referred Chahat to doctors in a bid to reverse her baby’s obesity.

“Her weight was completely normal at birth, but she started putting on weight within a few months,” Reena Kumar told Indian news portal News Nation.

The child’s father, Suraj Kumar, said when they took their baby to a doctor, the hospital even tried collecting blood samples before starting any treatment but were unsuccessful as the baby’s skin was too hard for the needle to penetrate.

“The doctors found it difficult to even take Chahat’s blood as her skin was abnormally hard,” he said, adding that his child’s excessive weight had lead to breathing and sleeping problems.

Meanwhile, a doctor who has attended to Chahat’s needs since she was born said something urgent needed to be done.

“Her weight is increasing excessively and it has to be controlled. She has to eat less. She eats like a 10-year-old kid,” the news portal quoted Dr Vasudev Sharma as saying.

Other media reports have suggested that the doctors who took care of Egyptian Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest women, will be looking into Cahat’s case.

The 36-year-old Eman had come to India for weight reduction treatment.

The Egyptian suffers from a rare genetic defect that has made her abnormally obese, according to doctors treating her.

She weighed 498kg before she went under the knife at a hospital in Mumbai.