By now it's no longer news that childhood obesity is steadily on the rise. Especially in the western world, where foods dangerously high in sugar and other unhealthy ingredients are easily accessible. Not to mention the widespread inactivity among youth these days, thanks to advances in technology. Kids as young as 10 years old have phones and tablet devices that keep them indoors a majority of the time, and they're already pros at navigating social media. Instagram would have sounded like a chocolate bar when we were kids. Instagram obviously isn't a chocolate bar, but it may as well be just as fattening, because it keeps kids in one spot all day long. Recent reports claim that certain schools in Puerto Rico are looking to move a bill that allows school officials to fine $800 to the parents of children who are deemed to be obese. This comes after studies show that nearly 30% of kids in Puerto Rico are classified as obese.
We've heard of some of the heaviest adults in the world weighing up to an astonishing half ton (over 1000 lbs), but the size of the young children who've made this list are truly shocking. It's incomprehensible to think that a parent could allow their pre-schooler to outweigh them, but this list depicts just that. Among the many health concerns involved in dangerously out of control weight for a child include diabetes, heart disease, and most seriously, premature death. The good news is that the heaviest child on this list was miraculously able to completely transform her weight after surviving a critical health scare, proving that childhood obesity is not a hopeless battle after all. Here are 10 of the world's heaviest children ever recorded.
10 Deyneur de Agudelo - 11 months, 61 lbs
9 Jamia - 3 years old, 89 lbs
8 Jose - 2 years old, 100 lbs
7 Honey Boo Boo - 9 years old, 125 lbs
6 Bobby - 3 years old, 130 lbs
5 Lu hao - 3 years old, 132 lbs
4 Suman Khatun - 6 years old, 200 lbs
3 Justin Painter - 7 years old, 250 lbs
2 Dzhambulat Khatokhov - 9 years old, 324 lbs
1 Jessica Leonard - 8 years old, 420 lbs
Jessica Leonard is known as the heaviest recorded child to ever live. At her highest, she weighed an unimaginable 420 lbs, when she was just 8 years old. At 12 months old, she already had a Body Mass Index of 56. A year later, she weighed in at 110 lbs and a year after that, at age 3, she ballooned to 170 lbs. By 4 years old, she appeared on The Maury Povich Show, weighing 200 lbs. The young girl reportedly took in tens of thousands of calories per day in order to grow at such an alarming rate. By the time she was 6 years old, Jessica could no longer walk, and resorted to waddling around on her behind, or had to be moved around in a wheelchair. At 8 years of age she was rushed to the hospital unable to breathe and in critical condition. The hospital visit ultimately saved her life and within 2 years, the 10 year old managed to lose 320 lbs without surgery, but was left with 20 lbs of excess skin. The former obese child reportedly takes medication to curb her appetite, and is kept on a strict low calorie diet.
Sources: theguardian.com, dailymail.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, radaronline.com , mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk
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