By Taniya Dutta
A 12-year-old who was once the world’s fattest boy and so obese that he couldn’t move from his bed has shed a whopping 12 stone – and even plays badminton.
Weighing in at 30st 23lbs when he was 10, Arya Permana was so severely big for his age that he could not move on his own, let alone walk, sit or play.
Indonesian Arya’s ever-growing giant frame meant that no clothes were big enough to fit him and he could only be draped in a sarong.
He never attended school as walking to the school was impossible for him.
He would only play on a mobile phone or spend days sitting inside a tiny pool to cool himself down.
His helpless parents were in so much anxiety that they had put him on a strict diet to control him from further bloating.
However, with dietician’s advice, right food consisting fruits and vegetables and strict regime in place, Arya is steadily losing weight and now stands 268 pounds.
The 12-year-old now walks to school, plays football and badminton with his friends and even runs for 2 kilometres a day.
Arya’s parents Rokayah Somantri, 37, and Ade Somantri, 47, are delighted with their son’s weight loss and new condition that allows him to lead a normal life.
Rokayah said: “We are very happy to see him leading a healthy life. He is very active and in good health.
“His sleep is sound and there is no more worry of respiratory problems.
“He can also walk and play without complaining of shortness of breath.”
Arya had also undergone a bariatric surgery in April last year which helped him reduce his weight by almost three stone in just three weeks.
But parents believe he might require second surgery if he does not lose further weight within the given time frame.
Ade said: “He cannot eat a lot after the surgery. He can only eat 4 tablespoons of rice and drinks diet milk. If he eats extra, he throws up.
“He is not allowed to eat sugar and carbs. We are very happy that he is energetic and can play football and badminton. He walks and runs for two kilometres a day but he might require another round of surgery this year.”
Arya, the second son of Rokayah and Ade, a farmer, was born at home via natural birth and weighed a normal 7lb.
But by the time he turned two years old, Arya had bloated at an abnormal rate for his age. Despite this, his parents were not worried as they were happy to see their son ‘healthy’.
It was only a few years later when he bloated and his weight went out of control that the parents took him to several doctors in their village in Cipurwasari in West Java province, where doctors surprisingly did not find anything abnormal about his alarming weight.
Arya’s massive diet had become a worry for his parents as he ate five times a day.
The little boy could chomp down rice, fish curry, beef, vegetable soup and Tempeh- a traditional soy patty-enough to feed two adults whole day.
With no medical help, Arya’s parents were forced to curb his diet and started giving him brown rice in the hope of controlling his weight.
But soon after Arya’s enormous weight made the headlines, dieticians and doctors came in for his help.
Rokayah said: “He was perpetually hungry and had an enormous diet. He would eat five times day.
“He was always tired and complains of shortness of breath. He only ate and slept. There is no other pain than seeing own child suffering.
“No mother wants to stop feeding her children but I had to as I was helpless. We had no money to see doctors and had exhausted all our savings in feeding him.
“I am really happy to see my son’s health now. I cannot express in words how I happy I am. It feels wonderful to see him playing and going to school like nromal.
“He was a bright student and always topped until he had to quit school for not being able to walk. We are hoping that he will soon lose the remaining extra weight and live a healthy, normal life like our other kids.”