World’s Biggest Toddler Banned from School


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What if your child was—literally—too big to attend school?

A 3-year-old boy in the Guangzhou region of southern China was  banned from the preschool he was attending for being a “health hazard” to other children.  Despite being named Xiao Hao (“xiao” means “small” in Mandarin Chinese), there is nothing small about the boy—he weighs a whopping 140 lbs., nearly five times more than the average preschooler, making him the tallest and heaviest kid in his class and in the world.

Xiao Hao’s parents were able to find another preschool willing to let their son attend.  They are also seeking medical help for their son to maintain good physical and heart health.  Some doctors believe Xiao Hao may have a growth hormone disorder that is causing him to increase at an unusual rate.  Others believe he is the sad result of “Little Emperor Syndrome,” when parents and relatives overindulge their kids as a result of China’s one-child policy.

Do you think it was right for the school to ban Xiao Hao?  Would you let your child attend school with him?

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  1. by Ann

    On October 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I don’t think it is right to ban him. I realize this is based upon an American standard and culture. In America we have a different culture about weight and I would not keep my child from being around an overweight child. I wouldn’t make a stand unless a child was emotionally or physically harmful to my child. I realize that my influence as a parent is very powerful and I have the responsibility to teach my child about taking care of their health.

  2. by eileen day

    On October 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    No, I do not believe it was right of the preschool to banned Xiao from school. How is he a health risk to other children. Is he going to exploded??? I think not. If they were smart the school would review Xiao medical history and come up with a conclusion before they label him. I don’t think any three year old child is at fault for they genetic disorder or that his parents may be uneducated about nutrition. Either way a child should not be banned for the fact of being overweight! HELLO people get a grip on your decision here!!!! And yes I would let my child attend the some school as Xiao.

  3. by Christy

    On October 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    No, I do not think the preschool should have banned the child. Perhaps required a medical review. If it is indeed medically related to extra growth hormone, the child and his parents should not be punnished. Even if they do over indulge the child, there is no way that a 3 year old is going to weigh 140 pounds. Yes, I would send my children to preschool with him as long as he did not act the part of a bully due to his size.

  4. by Mandy

    On October 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Banned…really…for being over-weight. That just seems ridiculous. As an educator, I am a believer in educating all children.

  5. by fidwhale

    On October 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

    He should not have been banned. This type of behavior leads to intolerance of those who are different from the norm.

  6. by Maggie

    On October 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

    The parents are responsible to control their kids’ weight. The parents should know better.

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