A ten-year-old has been named the world’s fattest child. Arya Permana from West Java Province in Indonesia weighs 192 kilograms. His heavy frame has left him unable to walk, attend school or find cloths that will fit him.
Arya Permana is perpetually hungry and goes through five oversized meals a day. consisting of rice, fish, beef, vegetable soup and Tempeh a traditional soy patty. His mother Rokayah Somantri says one of his meals is more than enough to feed to full-grown adults. “He only eats and sleeps and when he is not done with both, he jumps into the bathtub and stays there for hours,” the woman said.
Arya is the second son of Rokayah, 35, and her husband Ade Somantri, 45. He was born via natural birth at home and weighed like normal kids. However, at the age of two he started gaining weight at an abnormal rate. His parents weren’t worried initially and were happy to see their son ‘healthy’.
Arya, from the village of Cipurwasari in Indonesia’s Arawang Regency, started gaining weight rapidly at the age of two, when his parents noticed that he was much larger that his older brothers had been at his age. In the beginning, they were happy about his fuller figure and considered him a healthy child, but as the years went by and his appetite and weight got out of control, they realized something was wrong with the boy and he needed medical attention. They took Arya to several doctors, but none of them found his weight abnormal and told the parents to take him to a bigger hospital if they thought he needed help.
The boy’s father, Ade Somantri, earns around $135 a month, I have spent money beyond my capacity on his treatment but I am a poor farmer and making ends meet is a big task for me. I have insufficient money to buy food to fulfil his large appetite. I borrow money so that he can eat. Of course, I cannot keep him starving. I am exhausted now and I cannot afford expensive hospitals. But I hope to see my son perfectly normal one day”
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