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55-pound baby in Colombia placed on strict diet

Santiago is seen with his mother, who is concerned about her son's obesity.
March 19, 2014 8:33:10 AM PDT
An 8-month-old baby in Colombia is making headlines because he already weighs 55 pounds, which is the average weight of a 5-year-old.

Doctors have put Santiago on a strict diet, saying he needs to lose nearly 40 pounds to reach a healthy weight of 17 pounds.

The child will be taken off formula milk and fed primarily vegetables and juices.

Santiago's mother, Eunice Fandino, sought the help of a charity that tackles obesity in Colombia after she noticed the baby had problems moving about due to his weight.

Doctors say there isn't a medical reason behind Santiago's weight gain. He apparently was just overfed.

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