Think being a dictator is easy? Ha! It's stressful, and according to the South Korean media, it's caused Kim Jong-un to pack on the extra pounds.
Major South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo as well as South Korean cable news network YTN are reporting rumors from Free North Korea Radio that say North Korea's supreme leader has recently packed on the extra pounds earlier this year, going from 100 kilograms (220 pounds) to 120 kilograms (265 pounds).
According to Free North Korea Radio, Kim has been overeating and drinking too much in the wake of allegedly having his uncle and ex-girlfriend executed last December. The radio network, which is based in Seoul, also claims that Kim is showing symptoms of heart disease, began losing his hair, and is having difficulty using his left arm. This is a rumor, mind you, but one that the mainstream media in South Korea is reporting.
But does he look heavier? YTN compared recent photos with a file photos of the North Korean leader.
I dunno, it's kind of hard for me to tell! If Kim Jong-un does have actual health problems, a solid diet, plenty of exercise, and medical care can perhaps fix them. If this is just excess weight around the waist, may I suggest Photoshop?
N.Korean Leader Getting Fatter [Chosun]
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