A FOUR-year-old boy was fat shamed by cruel adults after a rare illness made him gain three stone.
Brave Banner Sears – from Rhode Island, US – was diagnosed with ROHHAD in June 2018 after ballooning to twice the weight of an average child.
Mum Lyndsay, 39, spoke of her torment at seeing adults poke fun at her son.
She said: “People can be so cruel. When we were trick or treating last October one of the houses refused to give him candy.
“It was mind blowing to me that anyone could treat a child like that.
“In 2019 when there are so many invisible diseases it shocked me that an adult could behave like that.
“Once we were at a fair and he was eating a piece of a doughnut and a woman started pointing at him and doing a blow up face. It took all my will not to react.
“He’s just a little kid and he doesn’t understand, which is lucky, but people are just unbelievably cruel.”
What is ROHADD?
ROHHAD stands for Rapid Onset Obesity (RO) with Hypothalamic Dysregulation (H), Hypoventilation (H) and Autonomic Dysregulation (AD).
According to the ROHHAD Association, there are only 100 children in the world with the condition – and the majority of those diagnosed die in their teens and early twenties.
Banner’s symptoms began in February 2018 after he gained half a stone in just six weeks.
He ended up with a six-month stay in hospital after his weight gave him breathing problems.
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Despite his ordeal, Banner is set to begin preschool tomorrow morning.
Lyndsay added: “He is starting school on Tuesday and I am so excited for him to have structure and I hope it will give him a boost.”
“I want him to gain some independence back and hopefully school will be the best thing for him.”
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