Former 'World's Fattest Kid' Described As 'Symbol Of Hope' After Losing 110kg
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A teenage boy who was dubbed the 'world's fattest kid' at the age of 10 has lost more than 17 stones (108 kilograms) and has been called a 'symbol of hope' by his personal trainer.
Arya Permana was transformed from a 30-stone (191kg) boy into a much slimmer version of himself. The Indonesian student now weighs in at a much slimmer 13 stones (83kg) and has even been inspiring others to lead a healthier lifestyle too.
His personal trainer Ade Rai helped him to learn about exercise and healthy eating.
He told Asia One: "According to Arya's parents, initially he weighed 85kg before his appetite increased extremely. He is now losing weight without losing his spirit. This is a rare quality, especially among adults.
"Arya is now a symbol of hope. People now say: 'Even Arya can lose weight, so why can't I?'"
The youngster also accompanies his strict training regime with a healthy diet and medical treatment.
Aria's father Ade Somantri said that medical treatment, diet and a strict exercise routine helped his son lose so much weight.
He commented: "Aria managed to lose weight through bariatric surgery, diet and regular exercise. For me, they are all good and supportive of each other."
Local media said the boy will undergo surgery later this year to remove his excess skin after so much weight loss.
From West Java, Indonesia, Arya used to weigh as much as six boys his age and was so unwell that he spent most of his time lying down. He was unable to spend more than a matter of minutes on his feet.
Now, after having life-changing surgery aimed at reducing the amount he eats, he can finally play football and other sports with his friends, as well as walk to school.
In 2017 he became the youngest person ever to have a lengthy gastric sleeve operation. Before his operation he had been officially declared the heaviest boy on record by the Indonesian version of the Guinness World Records, the Indonesian World Records Museum.
At the time, he told ABC: "My weight has dropped dramatically after the bariatric surgery,
"They made my stomach smaller, I lost my appetite, now even six spoons [of food] already makes me full."
He added: "They prevent me from consuming sweet food and drinks, particularly soft drinks.
"They ask me to eat more fruits and do exercise regularly."
The youngster's story was widely circulated on social media and many Indonesians are said to be drawing inspiration from it to help them get into shape.