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By Matthew Hendricks     Mar 28, 2013 in Health
Daan Schoeman believes that as a parent he has assassinated his sons' bodies with his family's lifestyle and diet. His son Kevin once weighed 145 kg at age 19.
According to Huisgenoot, the father of two blames himself for his children's bad eating habits.
Three years ago, his son Kevin was up to 145 kg at age 19. His other son Shane was 103 kg at age 16.
At the holiday resort where they have been going for years, the children refused to swim. The closest they would get to the water, is to sit fully dressed next to the swimming pool.
The entire family used to be overweight, with Daan himself at 128kg. It took a diagnosis of diabetes type 2 to motivate him to lose 29 kg. His wife slimmed down from 105 kg to 65 kg.
Takeaways, eating out, pizza restaurants and steakhouses used to be their source of food.
Today, Daan is ashamed of what they used to eat. "No child would eat himself as fat; it's all the parent's fault."
During high school, Daan saw Kevin become a recluse. Both children were ridiculed at school for being overweight.
Finally, last year Kevin decided enough is enough. He designed his own secret diet that he doesn't want to make known, for he says he still wants to register it. He will say though that more vegetables than meat is part of it, as well as seven days a week of cardiovascular exercise.
Shane finds his older brother an inspiration, and is following a similar diet himself.
Kevin is down to 74 kg (from 145 kg), and Shane is down to 103 kg from 123 kg.
Kevin looks like a completely different person.
One problem is the excess skin. Kevin says he'll keep exercising until it's gone.
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