By the time he was 3, Ardi was smoking up to 40 cigarettes a day. Because of the global outrage, the government placed Ardi in a rehab program and launched a campaign to address the problem of child smoking.
Luckily, Ardi was able to break the habit through his treatment program, which included counseling and therapy — but he replaced one harmful addiction with another.
Ardi got hooked on junk food. By the time he was 6 years old, Ardi was morbidly obese. His parents, finally willing and ready to see their son healthy, connected him with a nutritionist and placed him on a strict diet.
Ardi, now 8, has kicked both of his addictions. He has vowed to stay away from cigarettes and junk food and has been doing great so far.
Though his story began as a heartbreaking one, Ardi proves anyone can overcome unhealthy habits with determination and support.