By Shatabdi Chakrabarti
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Videographer / director: Shams Qari
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Karan Singh, from Meerut in India, believes he is the world’s tallest eight-year-old and is twice the size of many of his schoolmates.
Karan has been a record breaker since birth, entering the Guinness Book of Records as both the heaviest and tallest baby at birth.
Dad Sanjay Singh, 41, says: “When Karan was born, he weighed 7.8 kgs and was over 63 cms in length. So that got him into the record books instantly.
“Then, when he was five years old, he got the record for being the tallest toddler. He is eight now and I want to get him into the Guinness Records again.”
Karan’s extreme height is attributed to his family genes. In 2007 his mother, Shweatlana Singh was named India’s tallest woman with a towering height of 7ft 2in.
His father, Sanjay measures 6ft 6 in and both parents ensure Karan has regular check-ups to ensure his amazing growth has no adverse effects on his health.
Sanjay said: “We take Karan to an endocrinologist regularly. For both Shweatlana and Karan it might be an excess of the growth hormone.
“Till now, the tests have not shown any problems and everything is normal. Karan has a good stamina and has no internal problems.”
“I am a naturopath by profession and I make sure that we follow a special diet and supplements along with a healthy day to day lifestyle.”
Despite his huge frame, Karan leads a regular life like any eight-year-old.
He said: “After finishing my homework, I play with my friends and then I go play basketball with my mother. She started teaching me since I was five years old and I want to play basketball like my mother. But I also like science a lot.”
Karan’s mum, 33 year old Shweatlana, is a basketball player and has represented India in numerous national and international sports events.
The super-tall family attracts a lot of attention when they step out together, but say their only problem is getting clothes and shoes in their enormous sizes.
Shweatlana said: “When Karan was born, he didn’t fit into regular baby clothes. We had to get clothes for a six month old baby for him.
“At the age of three, clothes for a 10-year-old would fit him. Now, his shoe size is already 12 and sometimes we don’t get that in the markets and have to get them made.”
The mother and son both have the same shoe size and often wear each other’s, and Karan’s clothes are often especially made for him.
Shweatlana said. “My clothes have to be stitched specially. I don’t even find bangles or sandals in my size. Now we get Karan’s clothes tailor made as well.”
Karan is almost twice the size of most of his friends and classmates but wants to become even taller.
He said: “I like that I am tall and that my mom is tall. I want to be taller than my mom and make my parents proud.
“But if I have to choose between becoming a doctor and a basketball player, I will choose basketball for sure.”
And proud mum Shweatlana insists that her and her son’s stature is nature’s gift.
She said: “As they say, a tiger’s son grows up to become a tiger. Karan is also the son of a tigress. He will grow up to be a tiger.”