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Famous smoking 2-year-old quits habit, picks up junk food addiction

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Aldi Rizal stunned the world when it was revealed he had a 40-a-day smoking habit at just 2 years old. Now at 5-years-old, the cheeky schoolboy has kicked the habit, but he's picked up a new addiction to food. His huge appetite has seen him gorge on junk food and fatty snacks - including three cans of condensed milk a day. (Taufan Wijaya/Barcroft Media /Landov)

In 2010, we brought you the story of Aldi Rizal, a 2-year-old Indonesian boy who picked up the horrific habit of smoking 40 cigarettes a day.  Since that story went viral, I had hoped that some form of child protective services in Aldi’s home country would react and place this child in a safer environment.

But of course, that didn’t happen.

Now, a new story from the New York Post has revealed that at the ripe age of 5, Aldi has quit his 40-cigarettes-a-day habit and traded it for a junk food addiction.  Now, he weighs approximately 56 pounds, which is quite heavy for a child of his age.

So what’s the purpose of pointing this out?  Well, this child obviously needs to be saved.  Aldi’s terrible habits have likely caused significant damage to his body, and if he continues with this behavior, it is doubtful that he will ever be able to reverse these problems as he ages into his teenage years.

I hope that some responsible adults intervene in this child’s care or that the Indonesian government, or social services, get involved as soon as possible.  I feel as though this child is just going from bad to worse.

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor. Click here more information on Dr. Manny's work with Hackensack University Medical Center.
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