The world’s fattest teenager who weighed a staggering 37 stone (523lbs/237kg) just seven months ago has dropped more than 15 stone (220lbs/100kg).
Mihir Jain, 14, from Delhi, India lived on fried food and fizzy drinks, but following his gastric bypass surgery in April, he now sticks to a healthy diet and weighs 22 stone (308lbs/140kg).
The Marvel comics fan’s recovery has been so successful that he is now able to walk unaided and last week visited a cinema for the first time in his life – to watch the new Venom movie.
Big drop: Mihir Jain, 14, poses for a picture at Max Hospital, Delhi, after finding out he has lost more than 15 stone in seven months and now weighs 22 stone (308lbs/140kg)
Before: Mihir lived on fried food and fizzy drinks, and his weight peaked at 37 stone (523lbs/237kg) earlier this year before his gastric bypass surgery
Operation: Mihir is filmed going into surgery on April 4, at Max Hospital, Delhi
‘I feel very good. I cannot believe I have reached this weight. It’s been hard work but it’s worth it,’ Mihir said.
‘I was determined to do what the doctor suggested. And when I lost weight on my own it gave me the determination to keep going.
‘I’m very excited about the what next. Things have gone very well so far and I will keep going until I am normal and do more normal things in my life.’
His mother, Puja Jain, 35, said: ‘We first realised he had a problem when he was five and the doctor told us he was obese and needed surgery. But he was too young so he gave him some medicine instead.
‘But that medicine had side-effects, which meant he lost energy and became weak on his legs.
First cinema trip: The Marvel fan went to the cinema for the first time in his life last week to see the new ‘Venom’ movie starring Tom Hardy
Family first: Mihir sits on his bed with his mother Puja, 35, and his father Rajesh, 37, in May
Big boy: Mihir was already 12.5 stone (176lbs/80kg) aged five, pictured, and kept gaining weight thanks to an addiction to fried foods and medication
‘As the years passed, he just used to sit in his bed all day, eating. So he kept gaining and gaining more weight.’
Growing up in a vegetarian family, Mihir’s daily diet would consist of fried potato and vegetable cutlets, rice and vegetable curry, more potatoes, ice cream, full-fat milk, milky coffee and fizzy drinks.
Even though Mrs Jain admits that Mihir’s addiction to fried food is the cause of the problem, she believes the medication made the situation worse.
As he was bed-bound, Mihir had to be home schooled, and says he eventually lost touch with all his friends.
Mrs Jain said: ‘He was very angry sitting in one place all the time. Every child wants to go here and there and spend time with friends, he was sitting in one place all the time so he was very frustrated.
‘It was hard for me watching other children playing outside and going to school and my child was not.’
Road to recovery: After first losing weight thanks to a high-protein diet, the teenager was finally able to undergo surgery earlier this year
Thumps up: Mihir stands with Dr Pradeep Chowbey, in Max Hospital, Delhi, after a check up
When Mrs Jain and her husband Rajesh, 37, finally went to see a doctor about bariatric surgery in 2013, Mihir was so big he couldn’t walk properly.
‘The doctor said he needed to see him but we couldn’t get Mihir out of the house at the time,’ she added.
Mihir eventually made it to a hospital in December 2017, at which point the 5ft2in tall teenager weighed more than 37 stone (523lbs/237kg), and was suffering with diabetes, breathing issues and high blood pressure.
It is thought this made him the world’s heaviest child, a title previously held by Arya Permana, also 14, from Indonesia, who shed half of body weight after a life-saving gastric sleeve operation.
Mihir was promised a gastric bypass, if he was able to lose some weight first. He was put on a high protein diet for three months, and dropped to 31 stone (434lbs/197kg).
Mihir said: ‘I was determined to do what the doctor suggested. And when I lost weight on my own it gave me the determination to keep going. I wasn’t even scared about surgery, I just wanted to do what was needed to get better.’