‘World’s heav­i­est teen’ man­ages to lose 100 ki­los, gains a life

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Last year, 14-year-old Mi­hir Jain could only dream of vis­it­ing Comic Con. He weighed 237kg, re­lied on in­sulin shots to keep di­a­betes in check and had been stuck to his bed for the past few years. “At the time I never thought I could make it to the event but a year later, here I am, at the Delhi Comic Con. Hon­estly, I am shocked,” con­fesses Mi­hir who at­tended the event on Satur­day.

Mi­hir, who is an avid gamer, a fan of DC Comics and counts The Hulk and Flash as his favourite su­per­heroes, made news this July for be­ing the world’s heav­i­est teenager.

Four months af­ter gas­tric by­pass surgery and a strict diet, Jain has lost 100kg and now weighs 137kg. “I ha- ve 50 more to go,” says Mi­hir. Once un­able to do the sim­plest of tasks, he now takes a 10-minute walk out­side his Ut­tam Na­gar home in Delhi and plays bad­minton with his younger sis­ter Nan­dini. Quite a change from stay­ing glued to his PlayS­ta­tion.

At seven, Mi­hir stopped at­tend­ing school due to his bulk. “For the first year af­ter leav­ing school, his teach­ers would come home to teach him. But even that couldn’t con­tinue as he de­vel­oped res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems and couldn’t study,” says his mother Puja who used to blame her­self for his son’s con­di­tion.

What­ever food he de­manded, I would make it or get it for him,” says Puja. Even­tu­ally, the plate­fuls of pako­das, pasta and pizza landed him with a world record in body weight. He lay in bed all day, un­able to move or breathe eas­ily.

Last Novem­ber, he de­vel­oped di­a­betes and fi­nally agreed to get gas­tric by­pass surgery at Delhi’s Max Hos­pi­tal by Dr Pradeep Chow­bey.

Mi­hir un­der­goes daily phys­io­ther­apy to strengthen mus­cles that had be­come wasted due to years of be­ing in bed. He is re­dis­cov­er­ing the joys of be­ing mo­bile. Last month, he went to watch the movie Venom with his sis­ter. “Now, I can wear clothes that I like, like a black su­per­hero Tshirt. Be­cause of my weight I couldn’t find a T-shirt of my size ear­lier,” Mi­hir says.

Mi­hir is on a strict diet that fo­cuses more on pro­tein and fi­bre — dal cheela, sprouts, sal­ads, dal, veg­gies etc. “I haven’t had an ice-cream since last Oc­to­ber and I also miss pasta,” he says, and ad­mits that he does cheat once in a while. “I had a veg burger last month on my birth­day.”

Obe­sity runs in the Jain fam­ily. Mi­hir says his par­ents, sis­ter and chachu (un­cle) are all obese and fond of eat­ing fried and junk food. But that was in the past. Now ev­ery­one’s eat­ing sim­ple but nu­tri-

BE­FORE 237 kg

tious home-cooked meals. “My mother has lost 10kg, fa­ther 20kg and chachu 30kg from an ear­lier 140. In fact, I tease my fa­ther that he’s los­ing weight so that he can wear im­ported branded clothes,” Mi­hir adds with a laugh. Sis­ter Nan­dini, too, has stopped eat­ing her favourite Chi­nese and Ital­ian food, and is com­pet­ing with her brother to get into shape.

Al­though Mi­hir is much lighter and mo­bile now, he chooses not to go to school. He is more in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing tech­nol­ogy-re­lated sub­jects on­line, he ex­plains. “I want to learn cod­ing lan­guages and then look for a job or set up my own busi­ness,” says Mi­hir.

Are his par­ents wor­ried about his fu­ture? “Mi­hir is very sharp. Even if he doesn’t go to school, it’s okay,” says his fa­ther Ra­jiv who runs a Mother Dairy de­pot. Mi­hir him­self is up­beat about the fu­ture. “I am do­ing my best and my doc­tors are do­ing their best. The re­sult will be pos­i­tive,” he adds with con­fi­dence.

Mi­hir Jain at Comic Con in Delhi

Af­ter bariatricsurgery

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