Age has not changed the rate at which people gain weight.
Kids and teens often have to deal with being too heavy.
All because their metabolism hasn’t yet reached a steady state.
But Misael Caldoo Abreu, a child from Brazil, breaks every record you can think of and some you can’t.
In 2011, Misael was born.
His mother was 37 years old when he was born, so he came late.
In the first month of his life, the baby ate like he loved it. In the first 30 days of his life, the baby gained three kilograms, which all the doctors who saw him were impressed by.
But getting older hasn’t changed how quickly people gain weight.
At age 5, the boy started to weigh as much as an adult man.
At that time, 80 kilograms was the most you could weigh.
Then the doctors got a real alarm and started to look at the child to see if this situation was dangerous or not.
A thorough exam showed problems with the thyroid gland and a rare genetic disease called Pradera-Villy syndrome, which is present at birth.
This disease happens because a piece of the father’s genes are lost for some reason.
The syndrome wasn’t named until 1956. It isn’t well understood, and only one out of every 15,000 children has it.
This disease is what makes the boy feel hungry all the time.
Doctors in Brazil don’t know how to help the boy.
Working with a psychologist, eating less, and other things didn’t help.
So, the boy was signed up for daily walks, but he can’t do it on his own, so his parents have to hold him when they move.
For a young Brazilian, this is a matter of life and death.
He sometimes stops breathing when he is sleeping. And complex therapy is the only way to help.