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08 March 2017

520kg Free State man opens up about his life

A man from QwaQwa in the Free State who became morbidly obese as a result of bad eating habits tells us how he got there and how his weight has impacted his life.

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Tshidiso Moloi (42) from QwaQwa in the Free State says life has become increasingly difficult for him since he started gaining weight several years ago.

Thabiso is now morbidly obese and recently hit 520kg on a special bed scale.

“I gained weight when I started working. I guess it was because I could afford everything that I wanted, and I turned to junk food every day. Burgers and chips were my life. I couldn't go a day without them and drinking Twizza,” he said, explaining how he had switched healthy eating for bad habits.

Started with sugary drinks

“I started drinking Twizza and liking it because it is very sweet and it's cheap. But then I started gaining weight, and I lost my wife also because I couldn't perform my man duties for her. She even started cheating on me because of my weight,” Moloi admitted.

“I want to lose weight so badly. I want to win my wife back because I still love her, she was with me through thick and thin in this life. But the worst part is that I have now been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I am scared for my life."

Making healthy changes 

Moloi said he is working hard now to improve his health and lose weight.

"Now I drink detox water flavoured with bits of fruit instead of Twizza,” he said.

Sister Dikeledi Mosia from QwaQwa’s Bolata Clinic said she has been treating Moloi and counselling him.

“I have advised him to join support groups and start exercising so he can lose weight.  He has joined the gym and I sometimes go and prepare healthy food for him,” said the nurse.

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