BOGOTA - He's not old enough to walk or talk yet, but 8-month-old Santiago Mendoza is old enough to diet. The tot weighs in at over 44 pounds - three times the size he should be, doctors say.
Santiago's mother, Eunice Fandino, turned to a charity group called the Chubby Hearts foundation for help. This week they traveled more than 300 miles from their hometown in Colombia to the capital, Bogota, so Santiago could get a complete medical evaluation.
"I'm worried about his obesity," she said, "I don't want him to continue like this."
An average 8-month-old should tip the scales at about 17 pounds. "Three normal-sized Santiagos would fit in him," obesity specialist Cesar Guevara observed.