If something is not done to reduce his weight, doctors predict Lu Zhi-hao’s obesity will become life-threatening by the time he turns 20.
A Hong Kong weight-loss centre has offered to help Lu Zhi-hao lose weight for free. The centre, which has not given out its name, uses non-intrusive Japanese technology to help the body break down fat.
Xiao Hao’s parents are now applying for a permit to travel to Hong Kong and hope to be here with their obese child in a couple of weeks.
“We believe there must be specialists in Hong Kong who can help us,” says Lu Zhi-hao’s father, Lu Ye-ming.
The mother and father of the child are both of normal weight, and obesity has not been a part of the family’s health history. Lu Zhi-hao slowly ate his way to fatness.
He is now on a diet, which means cutting down from his regular three bowls of rice per meal to just one bowl.
Apple Daily’s video of Xiao Hao at school shows him finishing his bowl of rice at lightning speed and begging his friends for their lunches. When they don’t cooperate, he steals a meatball from his neighbour’s bowl.
He is rewarded with a punch to the face, but the swing hardly seems to have an impact on the child’s puffy cheeks.
The WHO says more than 20 percent of the population in some Chinese cities are now obese.
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