According to a report in the Straits Times, a man in China decided to gain 10kg on purpose so that he could help his father lose weight.
Mr Ding Guoliang, did that to motivate his father, Mr Ding Youwang, 53, who had put on weight after his business failed. The senior Mr Ding also became addicted to drinking. Over the course of several months, the younger Mr Ding lost the 10kg he had put on and his father lost more than 20kg.
Mr Ding decided to help his father lose weight because his father’s weight had ballooned to more than 80kg.
The photographs of them before and after losing weight have attracted many people’s attention on the Internet recently, Qianjiang Evening News reported.
“I thought my dad was only 53, his life should not be like this,” said Mr Ding Guoliang, a photographer.
Although Mr Ding Youwang showed little interest in losing weight at first, his son did not give up. He got his father to start with brisk walking and then went on to jogging.
“He joined a local fast-walk (group) and made many friends. Then I suggested that he try gym (workouts) to get some muscle training and he seemed interested,” Mr Ding Guoliang said.
After six months, Mr Ding Guoliang got back in shape, while his father gained six-pack abs.
To add to the inspirational aspects of this story, Mr Ding Guoliang’s mother and wife also started to exercise. Mr Ding Guoliang has also turned their weight-loss story into a documentary to encourage more people to exercise.