Suman Khatun from West Bengal, India is among the fattest kids in the world with her surprising weight of 91kg (14st 5lbs), five times more than normal children at the same age, though she stands only 3ft 5in tall.
Everyday, the six-year-old girl eats enough food that feed a family of four members. She starts a day with two breakfasts including biscuits, bananas and eggs before consuming two giant plates of rice, two fried eggs, a couple of omelettes and two bowls of fried fish for lunch.
Her mother, Beli Bibi, even doesn’t know how much Suman eats because she often asks for more food from neighbors immediately after lunch. Beli says that her daughter feels hungry all the time and all Suman does is to cry, so she meets every eating demand of this child.
Suman even has the same weight as England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson
When Suman was born, she weighed healthily 3.9kg (8lbs 9ozs). However, her appetite developed from the moment Suman began drinking milk. Because her father, Jalal, who works as a farmer to earn £10GBP a week, lacked money to buy Suman milk, he spent almost his wage on his daughter’s food grains. Consequently, Suman gets fatter and fatter while her family members are usually hungry.
Suman clutches two enormous barrels of rice she'll eat in a week
Each week, Suman consumes 14kgs of rice, 8kgs of fish, about 180 bananas, 8kgs of potatoes as well as sweets and cream cakes. She feels exhausted when walking more than a minute and doesn’t practice exercises.
The girl spends her entire day sitting in front of the TV or watching her sister, 13, twice her age but half her size, playing with neighboring friends.
Beli explains that she tries her best to control her daughter’s greed but she has to feed Suman because this girl will roll on the floor and start eating mud instead whenever her demands are not satisfied.
The very different food proportion of Suman and her cousin, Baadshah Khan
According to Subodh Bandyopadhyay, a family doctor who has treated Suman since she was baby, it is time her parents took the situation seriously. If she continues to eat the way she does, she might die of a cardiac arrest in the near future.
Suman dislikes going to school because she doesn’t have enough food at lunch times, so she feels ill during class. Furthermore, most of the boys tease her, which makes her ashamed.
Suman holds hands with her friends in the village where average earnings are only around £10-a-week and many youngsters spend their days hungry
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