Girl, 4, already 75kg
ZARANJ (PAN): Nasreen is not like other 4 year olds. Instead of playing outside with her friends, she is carted from one doctor to another in the hope that one will be able to cure her obesity.
Nasreen weighs 75kg (165 pounds). A normal child of 4 weighs about 10-12 kg.
Shah Wazeer, Nasreen’s grandfather, says Nasreen was 10kg when she was born, compared to a normal baby’s weight of 4-6kg.
He said they have tried to make Nasreen eat healthily, but all she wants is rice and potatoes. “If we give her other food, she cries and doesn’t eat”
Excess weight seems to run in the family. Nargis, Nasreen’s one-year-old sister, is already 20kg. And Naseema, another sister, died two months earlier when she was just six because of her obesity. Fariba, 14, is 120kg, and is currently in hospital in southwestern Nimroz province.
However, the boys in the family, aged 8 and 10, and the girl’s 33-year-old mother, appear to be a healthy weight.
Nasreen’s father, Juma Khan, was a police officer. He was killed during the war with the Taliban and the family settled in Nimroz with their grandfather.
Shah Wazeer says he has taken his granddaughters to see doctors in Farah and Nimroz provinces, and in Iran, but so far no one has been able to help them.
Fariba is currently being treated in Nimroz hospital.
Faqeer Ahmad, the girl’s brother, said Fariba only started to put on weight about two years ago.
“My sister lost her appetite about two years ago. She only drinks milk, which is what caused her to gain weight,” he claimed.
He said that when the family travelled anywhere, they had to take two cars: one for Fariba and one for the rest of the family.
But usually, he says, Fariba does not go outside. She just stays at home.
“She can’t see easily, we don’t know about her future,” he said.
Her family sys they have taken her many times to Iran for treatment, but nothing has helped. Most doctors say that surgery and not dieting is the answer.
Shukrullah, a doctor in Nimroz provincial hospital, said the hormones were abnormal in the three girls and that they were overproducing fat cells.
Food will have little effect, he said, the only option being surgery to remove the fat.
However, Afghanistan does not have such advanced medical equipment, he said.
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