Paywand Hameed has suffered from obesity since he was a baby.
According to his mother, he began to gain an abnormal amount of weight 40 days after his birth.
He turned 21 on Wednesday and currently weighs 507lbs (230kg).
Paywand’s condition of extreme obesity has carried over to his 2-and-a-half-year-old brother as well who suffers from the same hormonal disorder, weighing 90lbs (41kg).
As medical treatment for the disorder is not available in the Kurdistan Region, the Hameed family wants to take their son Paywand and his younger brother to Europe for more advanced medical assistance.
However, the family says the treatment is too expensive.
Medical reports from local and international physicians indicate that their condition is due to a high level of weight-increasing hormones which cause a hormonal imbalance.
The medical reports also note that any newborn male in the Hameed family is more likely to suffer from the same abnormality in hormones.
Paywand’s two sisters, Pana and Prusha, are healthy and do not suffer from the same medical condition.
As a result of their obesity, the two boys have a low tolerance to cold and heat, forcing them to spend most of their time indoors.
In Paywand’s case, his condition hinders his ability to attend school and pursue an education.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany