JAKARTA: A 10-year-old Indonesian boy believed to be the world’s fattest child is following a dramatic diet plan to reduce his weight, as his parents say he is perpetually hungry.

Arya Permana hails from West Java, Indonesia and weighs 192 kg. However, doctors believe that there is nothing abnormal about his alarming weight gain.

According to local media reports, Permana can only wear a sarong as other clothes do not fit him anymore. He has also dropped out of school because he cannot walk long distances.

Before deciding to go on a crash diet, he was eating five meals a day consisting of rice, fish, beef, vegetable soup and Tempeh. His parents told media that each of his meals was the equivalents of two adult-sized meals. However, fearing that he may die, his parents restricted him to eating brown rice.

“Permana is always tired and complains of shortness of breath and only when he is not eating or sleeping, he jumps into the bathtub and stays there for hours,” his parents told a local news agency.