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    Three Fat Americans lose 192kg in China

    Three Americans lose 192kg in China


    THREE American men have taken the unusual step of moving to China in an extreme attempt to shed huge amounts of weight at a fat reduction clinic - and have become surprise local celebrities.

    Alonzo Bland, 33, and brothers Walt and David Anderson, 56 and 50, have lived in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin since the middle of this year as part of an effort to break away from their unhealthy lifestyles back home.

    Together, they have lost a combined 192kg and are aiming to shed over 100 more.

    "The reason why I think it works here is that China is away from everything, all the stuff that I'm familiar with," said Alonzo, who has lost 103kg from the 291kg he weighed when he first arrived in Tianjin.

    He decided to come after winning a contest organised by China Connection, a US firm promoting traditional Chinese medicine, and was being treated free of charge for as long as it took to lose his target weight - like Walt and David.

    Alonzo, who had a tracheotomy in 2000 because the fat in his face was pressing down on his windpipe, left a fiancee and two children behind in Wisconsin.
    For David, an unmarried dishwasher in a casino in Iowa who sold his car and ditched his job to come to China, the move was a life-saver.

    "Before I came over, it got to the point that I couldn't walk 20 feet without gasping for breath,'' said David, who is down to 104kg after losing 41kg.

    "I don't think I would have made my 51st birthday."

    Every morning, the three lie down in their spartan bedrooms at the Aimin Fat Reduction Hospital for acupuncture, which doctors say increases the metabolism rate and reduces appetite.

    ``When I sent an email to my friends from here, I think I scared them when I told them how deep those needles go,'' said Walt, who has shed 48 kilogrammes off his original 179 kilogrammes.

    But the rest of the weight-loss treatment is similar to the West -- exercise twice a day and good nutrition, albeit Chinese-style with rice, fried vegetables, tofu, meat and soup the staples of their diet.


    The three have featured prominently in local media, prompting a Chinese woman to ask to meet Walt when she saw his photo in the newspaper and subsequently proposing to him -- an offer he refused.

    "I didn't come here to find a Chinese wife," he said.

    "I don't need a wife."

    Later, as the three walked out of a bus and onto the streets during their break, locals openly stared at them as they strolled by -- a situation the three said was even more pronounced when they first arrived and were bigger.

    Taxi drivers were reluctant to stop for them due to their size, they said, which meant they were at the mercy of the hospital's transport if they wanted to get around.


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