SPAIN--A 10-YEAR-OLD Spanish boy weighing 100 kg (220 lb) has admitted to eating his grandparents after he was told that there was no food left in the house.
Adding a bizarre twist to the debate of whether overweight children should be removed from parental care, social services in Spain say the unnamed Spanish boy was in the habit of eating whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted since he was a baby. But for the first time in his life he was denied food and repeated attempts to quell his appetite ended in tragedy.
His grandparents, who had been warned by doctors that the way they were feeding him could cause serious health problems, had no idea that the health problems that developed would be their own.
"I did not want to eat them," said the boy, through a translator. "But I was so hungry and my stomach began to talk to me in a voice that sounded like the devil himself."
The boy's school alerted authorities about the incident after the boy showed up for school dressed in bloody clothes and complaining of bad flatulence.
One in three Spanish children is overweight, a recent study showed and now Spanish officials are scouring the missing persons list and cross-checking it to determine whether any missing persons may have lived near overly obese individuals.
"We're not saying that being obese makes you a cannibal," said a local law enforcement representative. "But when one gets to the point where one is eating everything that falls within ones grasp it is not inconceivable that one could accidentally snatch up a passing citizen and devour them before it is even apparent what one is eating."