28 January 2020
A proliferation of international fast-food joints have added to the obesity problem in China. Photo: Bloomberg
A proliferation of international fast-food joints have added to the obesity problem in China. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s fattest man sheds pounds and finds a Valentine

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, there is nothing more thrilling than to learn that even the most unlikely person can overcome the odds and find love. 

We have news that China’s heaviest man now has someone whom he can call a girlfriend, thanks to his dogged perseverance in shedding the layers of fat.

Wang Haonan, a 20-year-old from Shandong Province, has reduced his weight by 142 kilograms, or 313 pounds, through a combination of stomach surgery and consistent physical workout.

Before his surgery six months ago, Wang weighed 334 kilograms, or 736 pounds, which is normally the total weight of a family of five.

He took on the title of the fattest man in China after a compatriot, Sun Liang, passed away in 2014 at the age of 22 due to heart failure after bloating to as much as 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds) at one point.

Knowing that obesity is dangerous, Wang plans to shed more pounds, aiming to further reduce his weight to 100 kilograms by the end of this year. That means another 92 kilograms to go.

Apart from the surgery, which saw his stomach get reduced four-fifths, Wang credits exercise and improved eating habits for his huge weight loss.

Interestingly, the weight-reducing endeavor has helped him gain in height, by 2 cm to 1.83 meters, while his shoe measurement fell dramatically to size 42 from 46, according to mainland media.

However, the biggest reward was landing a girlfriend, his first-ever. Wang is said to have come across the girl while working out at the gym, and things apparently took off.

It’s fair to assume that the girl played an important part in his weight reduction as she is believed to have motivated him and cheered him up all along during the painful process.

Wang has vowed that he would no longer indulge in over-eating and that he would practice slow eating. He lost 3.5 kilograms during the Chinese New Year by staying away from meat and eating green vegetables.

China currently has a big obesity problem, with 12 percent of the 1.4 billion people considered overweight. Changing lifestyles and the rapid growth of fast-food giants have fueled the problem. In the Beijing area, the obesity rate, for instance, is said to be as much as 25.9 percent.

Fat people are everywhere, but not many can achieve a dramatic transformation as Wang did, and also win a girlfriend during the process.

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EJ Insight writer