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This Kid Who Went Viral For His Smoking Habit Has Had A Stunning Life Transformation

Aldi Rizal achieved international fame when he was just two years old. But the Indonesian toddler owed his celebrity status not to acting, singing or dancing, but to chain-smoking. That’s right: At the tender age of two, young Aldi was smoking a whopping 40 cigarettes a day. That was six years ago, so let’s check in with Aldi, who’s now eight.

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The chain-smoking toddler attracted international headlines when the story first broke.

The world looked on with a mixture of revulsion, outrage, horror and morbid curiosity at a boy barely old enough to walk and talk, who nonetheless pounded back dozens of cigarettes each and every day.

Here he is at the peak of his addiction.

Needless to say, smoking is terrible for your health.

Some statistics say that one out of every two long-term smokers will eventually be killed by their destructive habit.
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As one of the youngest smokers ever seen, Aldi was on a bad path.

His family tried to steer him in the right direction, but there was more trouble heading his way.

The good news: Aldi was able to cut down on his cigarette habit.

His parents were able to wean him off of smoking by reducing the number of cigarettes he smoked every day.

Unfortunately, Aldi traded one addiction for another.

As is common with addictive personalities, the absence of smoking created a void in Aldi’s life. 

Aldi filled the void by eating.

By the age of five, he’d mostly kicked his nicotine habit. But in its place was a different dangerous addiction: Junk food. He ballooned to 56 pounds on a diet of sweets and condensed milk.
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His family had trouble dealing with his new addiction.

“He eats a lot,” his mom told The Sun, “With so many people in the house it’s hard to stop him getting food.”

The first few years of Aldi’s life were extremely unhealthy.

But one thing he had going for him was his young age — if he could turn things around, he could look forward to a long life.

With some willpower and the support of his family, Aldi is finally on the right track.

He’s eating a much more balanced diet now, and the results show. He also has managed to stay away from cigarettes.

It’s been six years since Aldi first made international headlines.

In that time, the youngster has dealt with devastating addictions to both smoking and eating. But at the age of eight, things are looking up.

If someone like Aldi can bounce back from addiction, so can you.

Friends and family are a great support system, but ultimately you’re in control of your own destiny. Don’t just give in to smoking or poor health — do some reading, talk to your doctor, and make healthy changes in your life.



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