South Koreans ridicule ‘fat’ Kim Jong-un

Bloggers from South Korea’s Internet community had one overriding question about the youngest son of leader Kim Jong-il: how did he get so fat when his country is starving?
The North’s official media released its first ever picture of the younger Mr Kim on Thursday, days after he was appointed a four-star general by his father and was given two powerful ruling party posts.

Analysts said the release of the image – showing a chubby young man – confirms Kim Jong-un’s status as eventual successor to his ailing 68-year-old father in the reclusive communist state.
Internet posts were more personal.
“Pyongyang’s fat pig,” wrote one user, a comment which could earn a death sentence north of the border.
“North Korean residents are all starving to death, but what did they eat to get so fat like that?” wrote another, referring to the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the impoverished nation since its founding in 1948.
Founding father Kim Il-sung was portly in later life. His son and current leader Kim Jong-il sported a prominent pot belly until he lost weight dramatically following a stroke in 2008.
Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam appears overweight in photos taken during his pampered life in Macau.
Kim Jong-un “takes after his grandfather Kim Il-sung but he is short and stout like his father”, Yang Moo-jin, of Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies, told AFP.
The photo attracted thousands of comments on Nate, South Korea’s major portal, which aggregates news articles from other sites.
“Wow, they are huge! They should let one more fat son in and form a North Korean version of teletubbies,” read another.
“What you (Jong-un) eat daily could save hundreds of your people,” wrote one user.
The front-page lead of conservative newspaper Chosun Ilbo was equally scornful. Its headline read: “The only fat Prince of Pyongyang”.
North Korea suffered famine in the 1990s which killed hundreds of thousands and severe food shortages persist.
One out of three young children is stunted by malnutrition, the United Nations children’s fund has said.
Kim Jong-un, believed to be aged about 27, “probably eats much more than the average North Korean”, said Cho Myung-Chul, a researcher at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy who defected from the North.
“North Koreans think being fat is good, unlike South Koreans who want to be skinny,” Mr Cho told AFP.
“There is a high possibility Jong-Un intentionally gained weight to look like Kim Il-sung.”


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    Ammara said,


    “Wow, they are huge! They should let one more fat son in and form a North Korean version of teletubbies,” read another.

    wat a legend ^^

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