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Chinese action star Jet Li treated for overactive thyroid, jokes about weight fluctuating

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 file photo, Chinese actor Jet Li smiles during a press event for announcing his new movie "Ocean Heaven," in Taipei, Taiwan. Li said he’s being treated for an overactive thyroid, but he’s determined to fight the condition head-on. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
December 27, 2013 - 3:31 AM

HONG KONG - Jet Li says he's being treated for an overactive thyroid, but he's determined to fight the condition head-on.

The Chinese action star known for his kung fu skills discussed his diagnosis during the taping of a talent show he's judging in China.

In Tuesday's taping, the 50-year-old Li appeared to have a fuller face and heavier frame.

He joked about his weight gain and said "I'm fat, I don't have the time to lose it. It's a fact!"

He explained that exercise is not advised with the medication he's taking. An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, causes changes in a person's metabolism and heart rate, among other symptoms.

Li catapulted to fame in the '90s with the "Once Upon a Time in China" films.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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