Left: Kim Jong Un on January 7, 2021; Right Kim Jong Un in 2021 June 16 (source: KCTV via Martin Williams)

Recent media reports in the West, South Korea, and even North Korea highlight the recent weight loss of President Kim Jong Un, leading to speculation that the hot weight loss is intentional or due to illness. A closer look at the comments in the North Korean media, plus Kim’s recent political behavior և possible intentions, suggests that Kim’s weight loss is intentional է related to health issues. His desire to improve his health, in contrast to his deteriorating health, և real health has huge political implications for the Korean Peninsula.

Since taking power in December 2011, following the sudden death of his father, Kim Jong Il, Kim has gained a lot of weight. He is about five feet seven years old, weighs more than 300 pounds, և suffers from morbid obesity (e.g. body mass index) [BMI] > 40; The above figures assume a BMI of 47). Kim’s weight alone raises legitimate health concerns about possible heart disease, secondary diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and high cholesterol. These risk factors, such as his family history of heart disease (such as his father, Kim Jong Il, and his grandfather, Kim Il Seng), and his heavy smoking habits put him at greater risk for a heart attack or stroke in the next decade. ,

The domestic political context of Kim’s recent weight loss, after a few weeks of public outcry, is significant for North Korea. In recent months, Kim has publicly emphasized the need for external conditions to fight adversaries, even referring to the tragic language of the “Fair March” of the late 1990s, in which more than a million North Koreans starved to death, citing recent food shortages.[1] Recent reports from North Korean media outlets have complained that its citizens are “heartbroken” to see their leader so “emaciated” during a recent TV show. The most striking aspect of such comments in the media of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (PRP) is that it did not happen at all. In the past, Kim’s health, like the health of most arbitrary executives, was a top-secret state secret. The recent sincerity of the state media in this regard suggests that Kim wants to increase her weight loss for political reasons. But doing so also serves to humanize Kim, to make her more attractive, not just to North Korean society. In this sense, he acts like a very modern, even millennial leader.

What could be the reason for Kim’s recent weight loss, if not because of a major illness? One possibility is that she has been on weight loss medications for the past few months, which will usually allow her to lose a pound or two a week if accompanied by a well-managed diet.[2] Alternatively, Kim may have had bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass or gastric bypass. In most cases, they can be done laparoscopically և can result in a weight loss of five pounds per week with long-term target weight loss of 50% of its excess weight (for example,> BMI 25).

At this point in time, further obvious weight loss may be the answer to the question of whether Kim underwent bariatric surgery or had medical treatment for weight loss. He said that even if Kim finally (!) Pays more attention to her health, we will feel her intentions better if she also quits smoking and drinking. As first observed with his 2018 meeting with South Korean President Moon “During the summits, his wife (Ri Sol Ju and) disgusted him with quitting smoking, even in public.” Recently, she may have played a key role in Kim’s health choice ընտր health promotion.

It is possible that COVID,, its ongoing mutations and variants (some of which are more contagious) may be of even greater concern to Kim, as her morbidity, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes are risk factors. And so he can be even more motivated to stay healthy in achieving his long-term aspirations for K complete DH.

As Kim asks the people of North Korea to tighten their belts, it is politically wise for her to lose weight. Of course, he can not help but notice the good health and energy of other (old) leaders he has met, such as Presidents Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and Moon Yen. And most importantly, if he wants to cross the mountain. For one of his children, the Paektu clan will have to do it over time to stay healthy (as was the case with his father), as opposed to his rapid preparation period after Kim Jong Il’s stroke in 2008. Kim may have begun to appreciate that HIS longevity and health, not just having a nuclear weapon, is what ensures the survival of the PR PR and its legacy. In this sense, Kim’s weight loss may not be a bad thing. It also sends signals to the United States and others that a healthier Kim will have more time to wait for optimal negotiating conditions. Presidents Joseph Joseph Biden, Sin, Moon և Putin should take this into account.