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Parents of 132-Pound Toddler In Search of Weight Loss Cure

By Meredith Carroll |

Lu Hao

Lu Hao's diet is now restricted to one bowl of rice three time a day

When Lu Hao was born, he was considered underweight at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. Thankfully he started putting on weight at 3 months old. Unfortunately, however, he hasn’t stopped.

Three years later, he is now 132-pounds and his parents are limiting his meals to one bowl of rice each instead of three. And they’re hoping doctors in Hong Kong can help him lose weight.

He’s already been to several hospitals near his home in Guangdong Province, but no one has been able to figure out what’s caused him to become so severely obese.

At this point the only suspected culprit is a hormonal disorder, but his parents hope to meet a specialist in the big city who can figure out something definitively. One weight-loss center has offered to help Lu Hao for free by using non-intrusive Japanese technology that assists the body in breaking down fat.

Reading something like this helps me put things in perspective when I look at normal but slightly chubby toddlers. It also reminds me of the fears I had when I was pregnant with my first daughter and the doctor and nurse kept telling me what a big baby she was — to the extent that I was preparing to ship her off to newborn fat camp from their insistence at the enormity of her size. As it turns out, she was born at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and her height and weight have been totally in proportion since birth two and a half years ago.

It seems like this is one of those times to count life’s small (no pun intended) blessings.

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Parents of 132-Pound Toddler In Search of Weight Loss Cure

  1. Eric says:

    Way to sound like a total jerk at the end by judging fat babies lady. You make sit sound like people are bad parents for having a chubby kid. Kids are just chubby when they are young. I was a chunker when I was little and 24 years later I’m tall and skinny. I can’t beleive you would even joke about putting a newborn on a weight loss program. I bet you’re already saving up for various plastic surgeries during her teen years.

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Eric — Easy, cowboy. Sounds like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today? Have a second cup of coffee (or third or fourth) and read it again. Life isn’t as bad and evil as you seem to think it is.

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