Kim Jong Un’s weight loss has been on full display recently, with before and after photos showing a drastic change. Once thought to have weighed over 300 pounds, the North Korean dictator is looking considerably slimmer in pictures.
A South Korean lawmaker spoke about Kim Jong Un’s transformation after being briefed by a spy agency that infiltrated the isolated country. Kim Byung-kee explained that the supreme leader’s slim-down has not affected his ability to lead.
“If there is an abnormality in his health, there should be signs that drugs are being imported to the clinic that’s in charge of Kim’s health, but that was not detected,” Byung-kee admitted. If a sudden health crisis is not the cause, many still wonder why Kim Jong Un has lost so much weight.
According to the National Intelligence Service, the 5-foot-4 leader of the Worker’s Party of Korea lost an estimated 44 pounds. Critics claim Kim Jong Un has serious health issues, but he’s continued to hold “hours-long meetings.”
Having once weighed around 308 pounds, an unexplained 44-pound slim-down is worrisome. A stark decline can set off alarms about a person’s overall health. Though Kim Jong Un was considered overweight for his height, slimming down too fast can oftentimes lead to adverse health issues.
Despite Byung-kee’s assurance that Un is remaining healthy, many are worried about the 37-year-old supreme leader. New images released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency show a much slimmer face and lower weight.
Though many would consider that huge difference an improvement, if such extreme losses are occurring without the use of diet and exercise, it may mean internal health issues.
Given that Kim Jong Un has yet to name a successor to his dictatorship, his health is garnering considerable global attention. Even North Koreans are worried about Kim’s weight loss.
Last month, pictures of Un’s weight loss surfaced, followed by a reaction from his own people. “Our people’s hearts ached most when we saw [Kim’s] emaciated looks,” a Pyongyang resident explained to reporters. “Everyone says their tears are welling up in their eyes naturally.”
Many considered the North Korean leader “fat” and now he’s looking leaner. Some attribute weight problems to Kim Jong Un’s heavy drinking and smoking, and some analysts believe that he went on a diet to improve his health. Others blame his increased stress as the main source of weight loss, as economic hardships plague the country and leadership tries desperately to recover.
Beyond stress, many propagandists claim that Kim Jong Un lost weight because he is overworking himself to improve the quality of life of his people. The real reason why Un has thinned out is anyone’s guess.