The world’s fattest child is now unrecognisable after the schoolboy managed to shed more than half of his body weight.
Arya Permana, 14, who weighed an eye-watering 30 stone aged just 11, now weighs an impressive 13 stone and is encouraging others to follow a healthy diet.
The school pupil had baffled doctors five years ago when they saw pictures of him as a morbidly obese child playing in a water tank to cool his body in the small village of Cipurwasari in West Java province in Indonesia.
Arya was so large that no clothes would fit him – he was only able to wrap a sarong around his body.
He would spend his days constantly eating piles of junk food and bathing in a small pool to cool down.
His massive frame also meant that he could not attend school as walking to the school was too much of a feat for him.
But with a closely watched diet and regular exercise for five years, Arya has remarkably shed 17 stone.
‘Most people go on a forced diet within a week and on the eighth day they are happy but eat a lot and again gain weight,’ he said.
‘The portion of the meal should be reduced gradually. Reduce it a little every week and not immediately, for example, eat a plate of rice and then reduce it only to 5 tablespoons. Don’t make it difficult for a diet, that’s what I did.’