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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have lost some weight after years of rather substantial weight gain, according to North Korea watchers and an NK News analysis of state media.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, the country’s spy agency, reported in November that Kim weighed just over 300 pounds.
What a difference a decade makes. October 2010 vs January 2021. @alistaircoleman and I were talking Kim Jong Un weight gain but this progression deserves its own tweet. This is why many think the biggest threat to Kim is his own health. pic.twitter.com/hpTv8JpcVv
— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) February 12, 2021
The South Korean spy service reported that Kim weighed under 200 pounds when he took power about a decade ago.
Kim is said to be about 5-foot-7-inches tall, so at more than 300 pounds, the North Korean leader, assessed to be somewhere in his mid-30s, would be considered severely obese and potentially at risk for various health problems.
Last April, during an unexplained absence, there was rampant speculation that Kim was in “grave danger” after an operation, that he was dead, or in a coma or brain-dead.
It turns out Kim was actually alive and well, but he is definitely not in peak health. The following photo is one of Kim in late February or early March of this year.
The North Korean leader appeared on state-run KCTV on June 5, as NK News Senior Analytic Correspondent Colin Zwirko noted on Twitter, and expert North Korea watchers pointed out that he looks to have shed some weight.
Is it just the camera angle or has Kim lost a *lot* of weight? https://t.co/sOZ6dFJxsw
— Vipin Narang (@NarangVipin) June 5, 2021
NK News conducted an analysis of multiple state media …read more