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World’s fattest teen weighs a staggering 23st 2lb.
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Published on 20 Jul. 2009 11:48 PM IST
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Believed to be the world's fattest child, he has adult size-eight shoes and weighs more than four of his classmates put together. Flabby wrestling fanatic Dzhambik - known as Jambik - dreams of winning gold for Russia at the Olympics. But a British doctor who has met the boy says his health is in grave danger. Sunday night his mum Nelya, 42, insisted: "He is just growing - upwards and outwards. What can I do about it? This is who he is, this is how God created him." The 5ft 2in youngster has become something of a celebrity in his home town of Nalchik in the southern Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, where well-meaning passers by stop to give him sweets and fizzy drinks. When asked if he wants to be slim, Jambik paused before saying quietly: "I don't know." He then added: "No, I like it like this." Jambik's elder brothers Rezvan, 21, and Mukhamed, 17, are slim and of medium height, like most men in their remote area of the Caucasus Mountains. Nelya divorced her husband when she was pregnant with Jambik, and explained: "He had another woman then, so we parted. "Jambik was an easy birth for me - easier than my other two sons. He started gaining weight twice as fast as other kids. In a year he was double the size of other babies." At birth Jambik weighed 6lb 6oz - a reasonable amount for a baby - but by his first birthday he was more than two stone. As a toddler he was so heavy that he went through five prams, prompting family friends to come up with the specially adapted wheels that were strong enough to carry his bulk. His mum - now dwarfed by her huge son - remembered: "He was so strong that at one and a half years old he was lifting things like heavy stones and buckets of water." At just three years old Jambik was lifting weights as heavy as 2st 7lb. At four he had ballooned to 8st 11lb, even though he was just 3ft 11in, and at six he was 15st 7lb. Since then Jambik has gained nearly eight stone more on a diet of porridge and ice cream. Today his thighs and chest sag with rolls of flesh and his joints are swollen with fat. British doctor Ian Campbell - who spent a week studying the family two years ago - said: "Jambik's health is dire. "His weight means he has a greatly increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. "As a result of being so heavy so young, his life expectancy is likely to be greatly reduced." But mum-of-three Nelya - a £150-a-month nurse - went on: "People like to tell me how unhealthy this is, as if I'm worried less than them. "Since he was six months old we've been through various examinations. Every doctor wanted to find something to explain why Jambik is so big. "But none of them discovered anything. When he was five I took him to Moscow clinics where we did all the available tests, scans of all organs and tests on hormones. But these showed he's absolutely healthy and his heart, liver and everything else is proportional to his size. Nelya insists Jambik eats well and exercises, adding: "I try to feed him healthily. We do not have a restriction for sweets and he can have an ice cream if he wants. I am not putting him on a diet, because he needs food - he does sports and he is active all day. But he does not eat only fast food or ice cream or sweets." In 2004 Jambik went to Japan and his mother said: "We learned about sumo - that sport would be ideal for Jambik. He is strong and he's the right size." In fact there have been suggestions that Nelya may have given her son steroids to speed up his growth - something she vehemently denies. Nelya insists Jambik eats well and exercises, adding: "I try to feed him healthily. We do not have a restriction for sweets and he can have an ice cream if he wants. I am not putting him on a diet, because he needs food - he does sports and he is active all day. But he does not eat only fast food or ice cream or sweets." In 2004 Jambik went to Japan and his mother said: "We learned about sumo - that sport would be ideal for Jambik. He is strong and he's the right size." In fact there have been suggestions that Nelya may have given her son steroids to speed up his growth - something she vehemently denies.

 
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