Smoking toddler now addicted to food

By Kirstin Buick
19 November 2013

Five-year-old Ardi Rizal has replaced his 40-a-day cigarette habit with an addiction to food.

Credit is Greatstock/Barcroft Aldi Suganda (5) is having breakfast at the market where he and his mom sell vegetables, before going to school at SDN 1 Teluk Kemang, Sungai Lilin in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia.PHOTOGRAPH BY Taufan Wijaya / Barcroft MediaUK

When Ardi Rizal from Indonesia was pictured puffing away on a cigarette at the age of two, he became an internet sensation. The world was shocked by the little boy’s 40-a-day habit and the Indonesian government stepped in to offer him rehabilitation treatment.

Now, three years later, Rizal has kicked the habit, but he’s done so by replacing it with another unhealthy addiction, reports the Daily Mail. Instead of begging for cigarettes, he now demands unhealthy, fatty foods, says his mother Diane Rizal (28). His weight has ballooned to 24 kg, about seven kg more than what should be his normal weight.

Diana adds that it’s difficult not to give in to the five-year-olds fatty food tantrums, but the family have put him on a strict diet of fresh fruit, vegetables and smaller portions. Doctors hope that if he loses between three to six kg, his weight will even out as he grows.

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