2019/10/21

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Boy who weighs 330 pounds expelled by school for being too fat

  


A 15-year-old boy in China has been dismissed by his school for being too fat, according to his family.


Xiaoxiong, from Hunan Province, is 5ft9in tall and weighs 330 pounds - nearly three times the weight of an average Chinese boy his age.


He was enrolled by a boarding school in the provincial capital Changsha this summer, but was forced to quit shortly afterwards because of his physical condition. 



Xiaoxiong's mother said she decided to enroll her son to Changsha Zhongyuan Vocational Secondary School after visiting the campus with him in June.


She said that the school authority had not brought up any issues with the child's weight.


According to Xiaoxiong's uncle, Xiaoxiong joined the school's military drill on August 17, but his mother received a complaint from the school a week later. 


His uncle said the school was not pleased about the fact that Xiaoxiong often fell asleep and snored during classes. 



The school also claimed that the student suffered from breathing problems, according to his uncle. 


Xiaoxiong family was asked to take the boy to a hospital for a physical check-up to prove that he would be healthy enough to carry on studying. 


A diagnosis from Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University said doctors suggested Xiaoxiong continue his education in the school.


However, the school went on to dismiss the teenager, citing health concerns. 


In a letter sent to his mother, the school said: 'Considering the situation of the student does not meet our enrollment requirement, after discussion the school has decided to persuade [the student] to quit.'


Xiaoxiong said he felt disappointed and wronged by the school's decision.


He told the reporter: '[I] want [to study]. Studying is the only and best way for me [to build a life].'   



The school's headmaster said the hospital diagnosis Xiaoxiong's family had provided also showed that Xiaoxiong had obesity, Prader-Willi syndrome and sleep apnea.


Prader-Willi syndrome is a brain disorder which means Xiaoxiong is constantly hungry and never feels full. 


Sleep apnea is characterised by pauses in breathing during sleep and is a serious sleep disorder.


The headmaster, named Zhou Wenfeng, argued that although the hospital said Xiaoxiong should carry on studying, apnea can be 'a deadly condition'. 


'We made the decision because we care about our students. What if he has any problems while he is at school?'   



Xiaoxiong's family disagreed, claiming the boy's current physical condition would not prevent him from studying like other students.


After mediation, Xiaoxiong's family agreed to take Xiaoxiong to the hospital for further examination. 


The school, on the other hand, said they would re-enroll Xiaoxiong if the new medical report proves the boy is healthy enough.


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk


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