A five year-old obese Indian girl, who is suffering from a suspected hormonal imbalance, is eating herself to death.
Suman Khatun, from West Bengal, is so insatiably hungry that she devours over 10 kilograms of rice, 24 eggs, six litres of milk and five kilos of potatoes in just a week.
AdvertisementDespite being only three and half feet tall, Suman's weighs in at almost 12 stone.
Her parents, who earn just 6 pounds a week, are struggling to meet their daughter's demands.
"We can not feed ourselves or our other two children, let alone ourselves," the Telegraph quoted Suman's mother Belly Bibi, 33, a saying.
"When she is not fed she cries, shouts, screams and has even thrown rocks at us.
"We give her four square meals a day and two small lunches, but this is never enough.
"She is our daughter and we have no choice but to feed her," she added.
Suman's hunger even leads her to sneak out and pester her neighbours for food in the village of Metiala.
Neighbours say that they also expect a daily knock on the door from her.
Faruq Khan said: "Every day we open our doors to a smiling Suman."
"She comes to play with our daughter, but always ends up asking for biscuits or some roti (Indian bread)."
"It is no trouble at all for us, but it is difficult for her parents," Khan added.
Suman's family has been unable to afford to travel to Calcutta for expert medical treatment because of their daughter's appetite.
"We have relied on the local doctor here who believes that Suman suffers from a hormonal problem," Suman's father Jalal Khan, 37, said.
"We are desperate to get her help, because we worry for Suman's health, which is not good," Jalal added.
Suman struggles to walk as she suffers from severe respiratory problems.
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