Kim Jong Un's Drastic Weight Loss Is Result of His Healthier Habits - Reports

© REUTERS / KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during an event celebrating the 76th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 11, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during an event celebrating the 76th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 11, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).  - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.10.2021
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Over the course of the past year, there were numerous reports that Kim Jong Un could be suffering from some serious disease, and that he might have already been on his deathbed, so the DPRK's 37-year-old leader's rapid weight loss has reignited speculation about his health condition.
In light of media reports that North Korea is currently facing food scarcity, its ruler Kim Jong Un has lost at least 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in recent months, multiple media outlets reported, citing South Korean spy agency statement.
According to the reports, South Korea's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers on Thursday that Kim seemed to be in good condition, with his weight loss appearing to be the consequence of his seeking to improve his physique.
The spy agency reportedly revealed at a behind-closed-doors meeting how they had become high-tech weight watchers, employing artificial intelligence techniques and computer analysis of super-resolution video of Kim to assess his health.
They reportedly believed that the 1.72 m (5 foot 8 inches) leader had formerly weighed as much as 139 kg (308 pounds), but that he now weighs around 119 kg (264 pounds).
Kim has displayed no signs of illness, and he has participated in public activities for 70 days this year, up 45% from the same time last year, according to reports, citing South Korean legislators.
© AP Photo / Evan VucciIn this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a meeting with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Hanoi. at right is Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief.
In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a meeting with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Hanoi. at right is Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.10.2021
In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a meeting with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Hanoi. at right is Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief.
Despite this, speculation regarding Kim's health has persisted, including continuous rumors that an impostor has been standing in for him at public appearances, which the South Korean National Intelligence Service reportedly denied as unfounded.
Back in 2020, The Sun posted a video in which Kim was seen talking to two alleged lookalikes, who were both dressed in his signature black pinstripe suit and Cuban heels.
Along with his concern over his appearance, Kim has begun insisting that the political doctrine named after his late father, Kim Jong Il, now be referred to as "Kimjongunism" rather than "Kimjongilism."
More to that, Kim Jong Un has allegedly removed portraits of his late father and grandfather from a Workers' Party conference room.
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 30, 2021 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un taking part in the First Workshop of KPA Commanders and Political Officers, at April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.08.2021
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The reports of his health and political changes come as Kim appears to be facing the most difficult period of his 10-year leadership, owing to economic difficulties aggravated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials in North Korea are grappling with rising food prices and shortages of medicine and other basic supplies, which have exacerbated the development of water-borne diseases like typhoid fever. North Koreans were reportedly told that the food crisis would last for another three years.
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