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The KPop Diet Issue
The Kpop industry is not only an industry of talent and singing, but an industry that is also hyper focused on the image and "beauty" of the idols that they "produce".
Miss A's Suzy, Wonder Girls' Yubin, Wonder Girl's Hyelim, Apink's Eunji, Secret's Hyosung, F(x)'s Luna all underwent drastic weight loss transformations in order to maintain the public image of "beauty". Of course these few artists do not even start to represent the issue that is in the Kpop Industry.
Twice's Jihyo was bluntly told by JYP that she had to lose weight and that was her flaw. After debuting she also received a lot of hate for her weight and promptly lost a lot shutting up her haters but also instigating complaints from fans saying that she was beautiful the way she was, which I agree with.
Many artists have followed unhealthy diets, literally starving themselves in order to achieve the figure required of them by their company and by the image the kpop industry sets up for them. These examples are not limited to these artists but these are just some examples of people who have done these. Sistar's Soyou ate only one meal a day, IU ate one apple, one sweet potato and one protein shake a day, After School's UEE eats only 1000kcals a day (that's half the recommended daily calorie intake!), 2AM's Changmin ate 2 blocks of tofu and ran for 6 hours everyday, Sistar's Dasom ate only cucumbers for 3 weeks,
Park Boram is probably one of the more extreme examples of the chaos the kpop industry produces in the minds of young and growing people. She participated in Super Star K2 at the age of 18 and placed in the top 8! Afterwards, though, she eventually lost 70 pounds in order to debut! While this may have taken place over the course of 4 years that is a ridiculous amount of weight to lose! She released an album last year called "Celepretty" revealing her completely changed figure.
But the Kpop industry is changing, a bit too slowly, but it's changing. Korea's first plus-sized model, Vivian Geeyang Kim, shared her thoughts about not fitting the "ideal Korean image" in an interview with Koreaboo's partner OOgeeWoogee. You can read more about it here -
The people represented above are only a small proportion of the people who suffer from this issue and mentality. I did not mean to exclude anyone and this is also an issue in many nations, the issue of an image that isn't possible by healthy means.

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Wow that's depressing. she's not even "plus size". I feel that she's perfectly normal and healthy.
2 years ago·Reply
It's so sad to see idols nearly starve themselves to fit the beauty norm of society. And netizens are just worse they always try to find to trash on the idol about.
2 years ago·Reply
It happens in the USA too, just not always shared. I weighted around 110 at 5'4" and had two casting directors tell me I needed to loose 15lbs if I wanted work. I turned down the work and have since quit acting in part because of situations like that.
2 years ago·Reply
@JamiMilsap Jackson once said he was quite chubby when he was a teenager so he said he actually wanted to loose lots of weight so people wont think of him as being ugly he actually has really low self esteem Which is quite sad nd depressing he is really handsome charming nd gorgeous ❤❤❤❤ he us definitely overworking now too hope he gets to rest nd take care of himself more as he always thinks more of others nd his fans he is really such a sweet heart ❤❤❤👌❤❤😍😚😚
2 years ago·Reply
Boram is the most extreme, I think. That doesn't even look like the same person. I freaked out when Zico came on btw 😂
2 years ago·Reply
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