Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has reason to be a proud father. His elder son Akhilesh Yadav at age 39 is chief minister of Uttar Pradesh while his 25-year-old younger son Prateek has made a mark as a body-builder.
The transformation in Prateek left many stunned. His weight dropped from 103-plus kg to 67 kg over the past few years; he has also added rippling muscles to his 5 feet 11 inch frame. The transition, Prateek told IANS, happened as a result of a pep talk he received from Mulayam Singh over a decade ago.
“I was back from my school in Dehradun with pneumonia. In the course of treatment, steroids were administered, and it led to major weight gain. By the time I turned 11 years old, I weighed 103 kg.” Netaji asked him to shed weight and told him that if he lost 10 kg, he would fetch himself a reward.
“He would chide me and tell me not to gorge on mangoes, and tell me to drink my milk plain, without Bournvita, as weight was becoming such a big concern,” Prateek says.
Prateek also decided to join a local gymnasium and compete with two other friends in a weight loss race. All these efforts began to pay off.