Chinese Man Loses Half His Weight After Surgery

March 5, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A man from Central China was able to halve his weight through surgery after struggling with obesity for nearly two decades. 

Chongqing resident Ding Kexue, 40, is about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He got married in 1996, when he was 22, and began to put on weight. Within a few years he weighed over 196 pounds, and his weight had doubled to over 392 pounds by 2009.

Ding’s attempts to lose weight were unsuccessful, and he began to suffer serious health problems, such as kidney failure and asthma, according to Chongqing Evening News. He became unable to leave his home, and needed help to go to the bathroom.

His wife moved away several years ago, supposedly to look for a job, and later asked for a divorce. Since then, he has relied on his teenage son for assistance with everyday tasks at home.

After seeing an advert on television, Ding contacted a weight loss clinic, and was given free surgery to remove a section of his stomach, thus limiting how much he could eat.

His weight went back down to around 196 pounds, and he is living life normally again. His waist measurement has gone down from 68 to 45 inches.

Through his work for a funeral parlor, he has been saving up to build a new house, and wants to reconcile with his wife, as well as support his two children. He also hopes to lose another 28 pounds in weight.

Research by Sophia Fang.