This young boy is considered as one of the world's fattest children and cannot physically walk unaided or go to school. His rapid weight gain began aged just two, when his mum and dad noticed he was much larger than his older brothers were at his age.Arya Permana, who weighs 30st 3lbs, is being put on an extreme diet as his parents try desperately to save him.Since then, he has been eating five meals a day consisting of rice, fish, beef, vegetable soup ,normally enough to feed two adults.
His mother, Rokayah Somantri said: "My son is growing up at a rapid rate and I am worried for his health. I do not know any other way to stop him from gaining more weight than to give him less food. "He is perpetually hungry and has an enormous diet and can actually eat meals of two adults at one time. He is always tired and complains of shortness of breath. "He only eats and sleeps and when he is not done with both, he jumps into the bathtub and stays there for hours.
There is no other pain than seeing your own child suffering. My son does not go to school because he cannot walk on his own and needs my round-the-clock assistance. "He can only take small steps before he looses balance. I wish to see my son studying and playing with other kids in the neighbourhood."
His parents said they were not worried initially as they were happy to see their son 'healthy'. Roykaya, who also has an elder son Ardi, added: "He was fatter than my first son and other children in the village but we did not think it was a matter of concern."We were happy to see him fuller and considered him to be a happy, healthy child."But it was only a few years later when he bloated and his weight went out of control, we realised he was suffering from a disorder and needed medical attention."
Rokayah and Ade took Arya to several doctors in their village in Cipurwasari in West Java, Indonesia, but surprisingly, doctors did not find anything abnormal about his alarming weight. Ade said: "They asked us to take him to better hospitals if we think he needs medical attention. 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," added Ade, who makes £100 a month.
The helpless parents have now put Arya on a diet of brown rice in the hope of controlling his weight. "No mother wants to stop feeding her children but I am unfortunate and helpless. I have started putting him on brown rice diet. "I am not sure if it helps but this is the only thing I can do to stop him from growing bigger," added Rokayah.