FAT SHOCK: Boy, 4, gets gastric band and is the world’s youngest weight-loss Patient
Rishi Khatau weighed seven stone and was only four year’s old when doctors performed a gastrectomy and cut away nearly three-quarters of his stomach.
The young boy was born weighing just 3lb 9oz but rapidly began to gain weight and was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome – which means his body cannot burn calories properly and he never feels full.
The drastic surgery had the same effect as a gastric bypass meaning Rishi can now only stomach tiny portions of food on a semi-solid diet.
He has ditched his favourite jalebi treats – a deep-fried pretzel coated in sugar syrup – in favour of juices and soups and lost two stone in six months.
Mrs Khatau, of Kolkata, India, said: “I don’t think we were to blame by giving him food.
“He’d beg and beg for more food. He never felt satisfied with his meals, it baffled us.”