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A May report estimated that over a quarter of Chinese children age 7 or above are expected to be obese or overweight by 2030, but 7-year-old Chen Yi has gone viral for his eight-pack abs and big biceps.
At the age of five, Chen, from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, was recruited by a local gymnastics school where he currently goes through intense physical training and only comes home every weekend, according to Shanghaiist.
The youngster competed in a gymnastic competition on July 2 in Hangzhou, where people called him the “ultimate muscle boy” after photos of him were posted onto social media and became widely shared, Daily Mail reported.
Chen ended up taking home medals in all of the game events, including six gold medals and one silver medal.
The event was a part of the 19th Hangzhou City Sports Games, which saw around 50 young athletes participate.
Chen told a local reporter that he liked taking part in gymnastics because it made him look cool.
The talented gymnast was able to perform one-arm pull-ups at the age of two, according to his mother, Zhang Hongyu.
Chen’s mother added that her son had been strong since birth, weighing almost nine pounds, and began walking when he was only 11 months old.
The boy’s favorite food is dumplings, which he can eat more than a dozen of in one sitting.
Zhang said it was the first time Chen has ever attended a formal game and she was so proud of his performance.