North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, formerly noted for his considerable girth among the starving population of his Communist nation, appeared much slimmer in photos released by North Korean state media Saturday.
This prompted speculation from foreign observers that Kim is either suffering from some malady or making a serious effort to lose weight and get healthier.
Kim’s health is a perennial concern because no one is entirely sure what would happen to his psychotic cult-of-personality dictatorship if he died. He is believed to be only 37 years old, but several previous disappearances have led outside observers to wonder if his unhealthy lifestyle of heavy eating, heavy drinking, and chain-smoking had finally caught up to him.
South Korean intelligence estimates Kim is 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighed well over 350 pounds at his peak. His father and grandfather are both thought to have died from heart