This photo shows Indonesian students who won science awards in US, not student inventor of 'weight-loss formula'

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Social media posts purport to show a photo of an Indonesian student who invented a "permanent weight-loss formula" at a US university in 2019. The claim is false; the photo shows Indonesian students who grabbed meteorological, psychological and geosciences awards at a scientific competition in Los Angeles in 2017.

The photo was posted on November 30, 2021, here on Instagram, where it has garnered more than 70 likes . 

"A female student invents a diet pattern for lazy people. 34-kg permanent weight loss," reads Indonesian-language text superimposed on a photo of four people holding an Indonesian flag and a medal.

Screenshot of the misleading post, taken on December 3, 2021

"This unexpected thing happened at one of universities in the United States, precisely in spring 2019," the post's Indonesian-language caption claims.

"Everybody stood up and gave a big applause to an Indonesian girl for ten minutes at a world-class event in new york the united states.

"Indah Kusumwati is an Indonesian student who was successful in inventing a unique formula that can reduce weight in a short period, without having to limit food intake."

The caption further says that "the medicine has been created and shown positive results in creating a diet pattern for lazy people to lose weight permanently."

The photo has been liked more than 280 times after it was shared with a similar claim on Instagram here, here, here and here; and on Facebook here, here, here and here.

Some of the posts identify the purported Indonesian student inventor with different names: "Indah Kusumastuti" or "Rina Kusumastuti". 

However, the claim is false.

A Google reverse image search found the same photo appeared in this May 24, 2017, article on the website of Indonesia's Education, Culture, Research and Technology Ministry. 

Four Indonesian high school students grabbed awards for three projects at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles, the article reported. 

Made Radikia Prasanta and Bagus Putu Satria Suarima won an award in geosciences, Azizah Dewi Suryaningsih in metereology and Latifah Sholikhah in psychology.  

Below is a screenshot of the photo on the Education Ministry's website: 

Screenshot of the photo on the Education Ministry's website

The four students were listed as Intel ISEF's award winners in this May 18, 2017, announcement from the US-based Society of Science.

Keyword searches did not find any credible results about the purported invention of permanent weight-loss formula by an Indonesian student called either Indah Kusumwati, Indah Kusumastuti or Rina Kusumastuti.

AFP previously debunked another false claim about an Indonesian student who invented a "magical body-whitening formula" at a US university.