Obesity is a common condition among people nowadays. Because almost everything can be done in just one sitting, some tend to just sit and eat which contributes a lot to developing an obese body state.
Dubbed as the “World’s Fattest Boy,” Arya Permana, from Karawang in West Java, Indonesia, weighed the same as six boys his own age and struggled to walk more than five minutes at a time.
For years, Arya has been used to eating five meals a day.
His parents, Ade and Rokayah Soemantri were convinced that their son had to have drastic surgery or he’d die.
Just a month after undergoing a five-hour gastric sleeve operation, where a large portion of his stomach has been removed, he has already lost nearly 70 lbs (31 kg) – roughly a sixth of his weight.
Surgeons at the Omni Hospital in Jakarta where he was operated expect him to lose a further 220 lbs (100 kg) within 12 months.
“One of the toughest cases of obesity in the world” is what doctors originally called Arya’s condition and if the situation was not controlled it could have proved fatal.
He was living on a daily diet of fried chicken, rice, noodles and chocolate ice cream prior to his surgery, which lessened his appetite – making him feel fuller for longer.
Despite his parents’ best attempts at helping him to lose weight by putting him on a crash diet and signing him up to an exercise program, they still continued to feed their son greasy curries and high-cholesterol snacks, such as salted anchovies and hard-boiled eggs.
It was only when their son’s health reached a near critical condition that his parents accepted their son needed urgent help.
In a new documentary on his son’s story, Mr Soemantri, a 45-year-old who worked as a security guard, said Arya “had no sense of being full”.
“The saddest thing was watching Arya try to get up. He would get out of breath just walking five meters. We were very worried,” his father added.
Mrs Soemantri, 35, said: “I am the one the most to blame. I regret it because it’s my fault. I didn’t control how much I fed him. I keep feeding Arya because I love my child.”
“Arya was at risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke even though he was young,” Dr Handy Wing, who performed the operation said.