Kim Jong Un – The North Korean dictator and supreme leader of the country has once again made it to the headlines of international media, this time for a peculiar reason-his weight.
When he made a public appearance earlier this month he seemed to have lost quite a lot of weight. When he reappeared, analysts noted that his watch appeared to be fastened more tightly than before around an apparently slimmer wrist, sparking speculation over the health of the leader.
The tightly controlled state media quoted a resident of Pyongyang as saying that the recent pictures of the North Korean Supremo had upset people across the nation. “Seeing respected general secretary (Kim Jong Un) looking emaciated breaks our people’s heart so much”, said the man.
He also added, “everyone is saying that their tears welled up.” The pictures have surfaced at a time when the communist nation suffers from a severe food scarcity
Regardless of the motivation for Kim’s rapid weight loss, it seems there is propaganda value in showing that even the leader of North Korea is enduring the same food shortages that are hitting the country at the current time.
But his health concerns can also not be eliminated, he comes from a family of heart diseases, his father and grandfather both died of heart diseases.