Vietnamese Boy’s Rare Condition Makes Him Ripped

A 10-year-old boy from Vietnam has captured the attention of social media users after images of his muscular body emerged online.


Strength in spirit: Nguyen Hoang Nam’s unusually developed muscles did not come from workouts but from Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, reports MailOnline

  • Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy is characterized by double the usual amount of muscle mass in patients’ bodies and is not known to cause medical problems. 
  • Local media has linked the condition to another disorder called the Superman syndrome, which exhibits very different symptoms such as taller height and learning disabilities.
  • Doctors had already noticed something different with Hoang Nam’s muscles when he was born. 

  • The boy’s parents took him to a hospital for a check-up at age 6 when his muscles became more defined. 
  • While Hoang Nam remains in relatively good health, his muscles are reportedly stiff and lack flexibility. 

Finding fame: The boy’s physique has attracted attention both online and offline, with some mistaking him for an adult who suffers from dwarfism.

  • According to his parents, influencers have reached out to the family just so he would appear in their vlogs, according to Sao Star via Oddity Central.
  • The parents have been refusing the offers as they believe the extra attention would be more harmful to the boy.
  • Hoang Nam has expressed interest in bodybuilding, saying that he admires the bodybuilders he watches on YouTube.
  • “My dream is to become a bodybuilder in the future because I saw the bodybuilders on YouTube, and they looked really nice and professional. I admire them a lot,” Hoang Nam tells Ruptly.
  • Earlier this year, a professional bodybuilder in Dong Nai took interest in the boy and offered his parents some free training. 
  • After training for three months, Hoang Nam returned home because he said he missed his family. 

Feature Image via Sao Star

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