This is a short English story about a boy who helps his father become healthy.

Manu’s dad was overweight. This was because he ate a lot and very badly. He especially loved junk food. In addition to this, he was a person who did not do any kind of physical activity all day. His job was to be sitting at a computer all day. Anytime he got home, he would sit on the couch and watch TV, drink soda and eat chips. That was why Manu’s dad was overweight but like most people, he did not think that being overweight was a bad thing. No, for him it was a normal to be that day.

Until one day, he felt sick and went to the doctor. Manu accompanied his father to the doctor so he would not be alone. In there, the doctor told him that the problem was that he was overweight.

“But doctor, I’ve been overweight all my life, there’s nothing wrong with that”, said Manu’s dad.

“That is not true. When a person is overweight and does not exercise, the body receives neither the nutrients nor the activity it needs. Therefore it is not good, so I will recommend diet and exercise.”

Manu’s dad had never eaten healthy but the child always did. The child liked vegetables and balanced food, therefore he helped his dad to prepare delicious and healthy meals. So healthy and yummy was Manu’s food that even his dad said “This tastes great!”

Manu’s dad was not used to physical activity either. Since he was not good at sports, he never tried to exercise. But Manu knew that physical activity was not just sports. The child had been taught in school that activities such as walking, climbing the mountain or swimming are also physical activities. So he accompanied his dad during long walks. On weekends they went to the mountain or the forest and walked for hours, looked at trees, looked at animals and talked a lot. During those walks Manu and his dad talked a lot about a lot of things.

Manu told his dad that he liked reading a lot. He told him about the books he read and how happy he felt after finishing them. In addition, the child told his father that, when he grew up, he wanted to write books to help people lead a healthy life.

Manu’s dad explained to his son what his job was. The man was responsible for many complicated things within a company, which was why he was always in front of a computer.

Manu was very supportive when his dad started a healthy life. He had endeavored to accompany him and to ensure that his father did not cheat on diet and exercise. So, the next time they went to the doctor, Manu’s dad was much better, without being overweight. Therefore, he felt very good, full of energy and desired to do many things. It was a surprising change, so surprising that even the doctor asked the man, “How did you lose weight so fast? I think an incredible transformation has happened to you. I think you will not feel sick or tired anymore.”

“I did it thanks to my son. My son supported me, helped me and accompanied me. Thanks to him I was able to start having a healthy life, he is a great guy!”

Manu was very proud of himself for helping his dad achieve something as important as living a healthy life. When you do something with love, it always has a reward. In this case, Manu’s reward was to accompany his father, plus the satisfaction of having done a good thing, which was the best reward of all!

 

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