Ok, this is my maternal instinct jumping into action. So, I hope no parties feel offended with what I am going to write.
We have read about this boy’s plight.
While others take a break today, nine-year-old Asyraaf Syahmie Hasri will be hard at work â€“ shedding weight.
Tipping the scales at 120kg
Goodness sake, remember that he is ONLY nine years old. Nine years old kids are very small kids who think they can fly if you tell them they can. Nine years old kids can easily be bribed with bar of KitKat. I have nine years old kids before so I know what I am talking about. They are just vulnerable, innocent, young, inquisitive little ones.
The doctor had dangled the reward of a trip to Genting Highlands in September for the whole family if Asyraaf Syahmie could lose 20kg in six months.
AND THEREFORE, IT IS BLARDY WRONG TO DANGLE A FAMILY TRIP TO GENTING FOR HIM AS MOTIVATION! Earlier, I read that the company who is supposed to make him slim dangled RM5 FOR EVERY KILOGRAMMES HE SHED. HOW CAN they offer monetary rewards for a little kid like him? Think what kind of pressure are we putting on the kid?
If indeed anyone wants to help him, please just help him minus all the media attention. If nine years old can sit down, listen and do whatever is told, we don’t need teachers, man.
Pause for a moment? That kid is only nine years old. He has serious problems with his weight not because he is a glutton but because of his genetic/hormones problems.
â€œMa, saya mahu tosai! (Mum, I want tosai,)â€ Asyraaf Syahmie said while tugging his motherâ€™s arm.
The boy, who can eat a whole chicken in one sitting, looked apprehensive when told he would be allowed, at most, one piece of chicken for lunch.
I emphatise with the mom. I know that if my kid asks for anything, I will give them double.
The 42-year-old mother of six admitted that Asyraaf Syahmie sometimes threw tantrums and cried when hunger pangs hit.
So, it must be very heart-breaking for the mom to deal with a hungry child like Asyraaf.
Yesterday, Asyraaf Syahmie weighed 120kg, an increase of 2kg from a week ago.
Said Dr Ananthan: â€œThis is the natural weight gain of a growing boy. Heâ€™s nine years old after all.
Dr. Anathan, 2kg weight increase in a week is NOT the natural weight gain of a growing boy. What sort of growth chart are you referring to? (I did some googling and found something from Malaysian Medical Resources old blog. Interesting….)
Some other news about Asyraaf:
April 15 – Discharged from Ipoh Hospital
April 9th – Staying in the hospital
And a Malay excerpt which he said he is willing to lose weight for the sake of his mom. How touching:
Asyraaf sedia kurangkan berat badan demi ibu
17-04-2006 04:07:28 PM
IPOH: Walaupun mempunyai tubuh badan yang besar, namun cinta Asyraaf Syahmie Hasri, 9, terhadap ibunya lebih mengatasi saiz fizikalnya itu.
Demi ibu, Asyraaf bersedia untuk menjalani program penurunan berat badannya yang kini mencecah 118kg, walaupun dengan hati yang berat untuk berbuat demikian.
“Saya tak mahu ibu dipersalahkan kerana saiz badan saya. Saya kesiankan ibu kerana doktor selalu marahkannya sebab biarkan badan saya jadi sebesar ini,” ujarnya.
Alright, what I wanted to say is – I sympathise with little Asyraaf because the media had put him under too much attention. The company that is supposed to help him lose weight has put him even under more tensions. If I am under that kind of tensions, I would eat a whole cow, not just a chicken!
I hope someone can really help this little boy with his genetic problem/hormones imbalances without all of us gawking at him. Otherwise, we are being cruel to make him into a circus freak. I do applaud Dr. Anathan in spending his precious time to help Asyraaf. However, as a mother, I feel we ought to treat little boys with the respect they deserve. Certainly, we don’t want little Asyraaf to grow up with his self-confidence broken to pieces due to something he can’t help, i.e. his eating disorders?
Whatever it is, let’s hope little Asyraaf and all vulnerable people aren’t being turned into publicity stunts for marketing purposes. Or gosh! Reality shows, mebbe? May the family have strength and the Almighty’s blessings to find a cure for their boys.