A 29-year-old employee of a PR firm in Seoul surnamed Im has been interested in losing weight since she was in her teens. At 24, she hired a personal trainer and frequented the diet center 2Weeks, which provides nutritional programs to help reduce weight that include hot yoga, detox cocoons and high-frequency vibration slimming belts. Disappointed in the results, Im switched to acupressure massages and weight-loss drinks that claimed to break down fat within eight weeks.
But the body shape she desired was still not showing in the mirror; it always became "fluffier" after the slimming programs, especially around her "bulgy back and flabby arms". So in October of last year, Im decided to undergo liposuction surgery.
"I think the mini-liposuction I did was the best one so far. Of course, it was the most painful procedure and I regretted having it right after the surgery, but when I saw the results after a month, I was more than willing to go through it again", Im said.
She weighed 54 kilograms (119 pounds) when she opted for liposuction. Now she's down to 50 kilograms and within striking distance of her goal of reaching the mid-40s. At 163 centimeters tall (5 feet, 4 inches), her weight before surgery was near the average for a Korean woman. And compared to the rest of the OECD, she was still in slim company.
According to the latest report by the OECD on the Body Mass Index in 2009, Korea was the least obese among the 30 countries, with only 3.5 percent of the population with a BMI over 30, which is considered obese by the World Health Organization. The most obese nation was the United States with 34.3 percent of the population considered obese. The OECD average was 15.1 percent.
Yet a recent study conducted by the Samsung Economic Research Institute found that an almost unanimous 95 percent of Korean women believe they are in fact obese. The International Journal of Obesity in 2006 also included a study conducted by experts in epidemiology and public health at the University College London, which found that Korean women ranked first in their efforts to lose weight among the 22 OECD countries.
Experts say the desire to lose weight is especially pronounced in Korea because of the media effect on the peninsula, with K-pop stars typically portrayed with long, skinny legs and slim figures.
"These days, it is so easy to see the abnormally skinny figures of celebrities, especially girl group members and actresses on television or on the Internet", said Kwak Keum-ju, a psychology professor at Seoul National University.
"Even compared to a decade ago, female celebrities have been getting skinnier. And as they are constantly exposed to these images, young Korean women of today engage in excessive diets thinking that they are overweight. They fall into a deluded sense of shame or suffer from an inferiority complex and become obsessed with losing weight".
Whenever Im looks at female celebrities with skinny waists and long arms and legs, she says she "always feels fat".
A photo of popular Hallyu group Girls' Generation JoongAng Ilbo
"When I look at the pictures of actresses on the Internet, all of them are around 45 kilograms. I think that's the ideal weight", she said.
Lee Hye-min, a 25-year-old university student in Seoul, agrees.
"My boyfriend thinks I'm 49 kilograms, but I actually weigh 53 kilograms", she said. "Men are so exposed to girl group members or actresses saying their weight is around 45 kilograms, I feel like I'm too fat to say that I weigh over 50".
A recent survey conducted by Korean matchmaking firm Gayeon and online dating site Antisingle revealed that Korean men believe the average weight of Korean women should be between 45 kilograms and 50 kilograms.
It's not difficult to see girl groups or actresses with so-called S-line or sculpturesque figures walking down the streets of Seoul. Portal sites are filled with articles and pictures either praising actresses and female singers or chiding their weight gain with headlines like "Actress Song Hye-kyo losing image with her pudgier thighs", or "Health-girl Lee Hee-kyung, is that a yo-yo effect?"
Last summer, the aforementioned Lee Hee-kyung, 27, started a segment called "Health Girl" for the popular KBS 2TV show "Gag Concert" with Kwon Mi-jin, 22. The two comedians, who respectively weighed in at 86 and 102 kilograms, shed pounds on the show by subjecting themselves to bizarre exercises and flagrant diet regimes. When the show finished in November, Lee surprised viewers by revealing herself at a svelte 54 kilograms.
But recently, Internet celebrity news sites have been posting seething articles about Lee, who may have gained one or two kilograms of late, making fun of the comedian and suggesting she go back to her routine on the reality show.
Some Netizens came to her defense, arguing that she "only looks puffed up because she's wearing a white jacket", while others insisted she may have to come back to do another run of "Health Girl".
Whether or not Lee gained a few kilograms, it's clear that celebrities in Korea are the targets of profound scrutiny when it comes to weight watching.
"I feel that the media is creating an atmosphere in which having love handles or bulges around the bra line is a sin or something to be accused of", said Park Jeong-ah, 29. "Even though I think this way, I feel like I'm so fat".
Actress Ko So-young, who gave birth to a son in October 2010, was one of the actresses who was quick to get back to her slim physique after pregnancy. When she recently came back to the small screen, headlines such as "Ko So-young, is she really a mother?" or "Even after giving birth, maintaining such a line is fundamental", have been making mothers with infants breathe out a deep sigh of resignation.
"It's not that I don't try to control what I eat or try to exercise. But it's impossible to go back to my initial weight or get the lines back", said Hwang Mi-jin, 32, who gave birth to her first daughter in March.
"Although I try to comfort myself thinking that those mothers like Ko So-young are actresses with lots of money who can do anything to get their bodies back after birth, I feel like a fat cow who won't be loved by her husband anymore".
The pressure can become so great that women turn to medical procedures or treatments to slim down as quickly as possible. The country's largest obesity clinic, 365mc, which has 27 branches throughout the country, has been seeing a rapid increase in patients as swimsuit season is just around the corner.
According to the clinic, it has treated a total of 2.18 million patients as of May.
Im, who is one of the two million people who received treatment at 365mc, said she wanted to receive body sculpting treatments rather than the mini-liposuction. But after an analysis by the 3-D body-type measurement system, she was told that she would get "faster results" by receiving liposuction on the two body parts she wished to trim down, as there was enough fat to receive the surgery.
"Although I wasn't thinking of receiving liposuction, I decided to do it as it would give me faster results and the clinic provides after-care services to speed up the recovery, which is what people really need", said Im. For the past six years, Im had spent 10 million won ($8,500) to drop one size down.
However, experts have voiced concern about the numerous obesity and plastic surgery clinics across the country, as unauthorized ones could risk the lives of patients.
"When Botox injection was first introduced in Korea, there were so many unauthorized clinics that performed this procedure, which ended up ruining many Korean women's lives with the side effects", said Kim Sung-rae, a professor of family medicine at the Kangbuk Samsung Medical Center and an expert in obesity.
"I think the same thing is happening in the obesity treatment industry, not to mention the dangers of chemical dietary products and abuse of appetite suppressant pills".
When the Korea JoongAng Daily visited one of the 365mc clinics in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul, on a Friday evening, the waiting room was packed with young women.
"I can't believe I gained 1 kilogram within a week. I'm so fat now, I feel miserable", said one woman in her mid-20s who was told to step onto the scale to measure her weight before her regular treatment.
"It must be that beer I drank on Wednesday. I can't believe I'm 51".
9 Times K-Pop Idols Made a Enthusiasts Dream Come Truekafox December 1, 2015 0 Maximum K-pop fans can simplest dream of being close ampleto talk with or touch their favourite idols. Thosefortunate fans had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to only meet K-pop stars, yethave interaction alongside them in an unforgettable way. The idols underneath showed their love for fans by capability of personally connecting with them and making their K-pop dreams change into reality.
Hani at SBS Awards FestivalEXID was once catapulted into K-pop superstardom remaining year when a fancam of member Hani dancing to Up Down went viral, thank you to a YouTuber named Pharkil, who motion pictures and uploads reside K-pop performances.
Around two months after the video went viral and EXID’s fame shot during the roof, Hani stunned Pharkil by spotting him at a concert, making eye contact, and mouthing the words “Thank you” to him. The gang later invited Pharkil to a meal as well, but he declined, mentioning that he has other womanteams to film.
The members visited all corners of the bustling Hongdae streets, preventing at accessory retail outletspromoting hats, scarves, and mobile phone cases, and filling their bellies with some steaming, scrumptious Korean boulevard foods similar tohighly spiced rice cake skewers. Yummy!
The boys ended the broadcast on a good note, telling fans, "Thank you for being with us all over the live broadcast in this cold weather. From now on, we may bein a position to continue to do more diversified promotions so please look forward to a HIGH4 with more charms."
So now I have to wonder whether it's Jung Hwan whom Deok Seon marries. If it is, he turns outother from the bad boy he seems to be here. Yet nosotros get so much, back and again, from Jung Hwan. It isobtrusive he likes her, but she does notreside on him too much. He does the entire niggling things right, and it's really cute. Especially since he ispractically denying to himself that he does them. There might be almost a feeling of exasperation that he does these things, almost as though he's unused to such tender emotions toward every other person. Up toI am rooting for Team Taek, I don't believe he's in the running.
On the opposite hand,Bora's loveline is interesting. I suspect she does have feelings for Sun Woo, but is afraid to turn them. I believe there is some age-ism there, form of a feeling of 'he's too young to satisfy me.' But by the similar token, when he stated he cherished her, she said it correct back. And her protests fell a little flat to me, let alone extracting a promise to never mention the confession to anyone. Why? I think there has beenan entire lot left unsaid there, and I'm going to existunhappy if they do not pursue it further. But, to cite Foghorn Leghorn, "I've been -- I say -- I have been wrong before."
I love the sentiments they dig up here. I used to be a little concerned, at first, about the household dynamic, but they have done a excellent job. At first it was really, really confusing to see what was going on with the overwhelm of other people involved, but it's gotten better, now that the introductions are out of the way. Most likely 1 just were given used to it but I mightlove to mean that it progressed some. Before, it all really appeared like just a chaotic mess.
EvoL's SAAY has a new quilt on her legitimate YouTube channel!
This time she sings to Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" with an easy piano backing. Her stunning voice is mild and younger with her hitting notes conveniently and an inventive beauty. Concentrate above!
Yunho was once once passed a drink (filled with superglue) by way of an anti-fan disguised as a fan. He learnedanythingbecame wrong with the drink midway and was right away rushed to the hospital. He doesnt consider much because he fainted soon after he drank the tainted orange juice yetin keeping withindividuals he coughed up blood on his way to the hospital. He was ready to improveutterly from the incident. However, he stated he couldnt drink orange juice for decades because he was traumatized after the incident.
Below is a realimage of the orange juice and while youglancesparselyyou'll see the hardened glue close tothe pinnacle of the bottle.
Noh Hongchul was randomly assaulted in front of his area in 2008. The culprit was plagued by a intellectual disorder and claimed that he felt as though Noh Hongchul was seeking todamage his father every time he saw him on TV. Noh Hongchul did now not retaliate and took the thrashingnot togalvanize the culprit further. Several bones were damagedadding his ribs, and the assailant had a knife concealed in his pocket. Luckily the police took the fellow into custody and Noh Hongchul was saved.
In a little over a day, Psy's MV for "Bell Bottom" has reached 2 million views! Despite the reality that the song is catchy and the MV is fun, it's miles still following at the back of the hilarious and ridiculous "Daddy" MV, which has just now surpassed 6 million views.
The view counts for either MVs continue to upward thrust with stunning rapidity, so it'll get more difficult and more durable to stay track, yet congrats to Psy on his next millions!
The proof? With some meticulous, prepared snooping on Instagram, the netizen found out that the images posted viathe 2 idols were just too very identical to pass up, and arrived at the belief that the two are seeing each and every other. A couple of weeks ago T.O.P had posted a picture of the view from his abode's veranda, and the netizen in comparison that symbol to an image that Krystal had posted just about seven months back.
The netizen had even zoomed into a particular spot on either photos, pointing out the similarity of the skylines in the two Instagram posts. I do no longer know about this one y'all...you are unfastened to make your own judgment after having a look at the footage below. Overreaching or nah?
Other netizens appear to think that this claim is ridiculous. One of the comments read, "This does not evelook like big deal. I wish they wouldprevent making stuff up. It isn't like T.O.P's is the solepositionyou'll take that more or lessimage and there isn't anyevidence that this istruly T.O.P's home," "I do not intendit isappropriate uploading anything like this without knowing for certain," "What BS, it may neatly be but their house in the similarconstruction keke," and, "This appears to be somewhat of a reach."
Each and every K-pop fan lady terminateimagethe location perfectly. In the beginning two contributorsin theirfavouritestaff are hesitant. They get closer, affected byapprehensive laughter as they glance at their fellow member in the eyes.
Until, of course, there is the inevitable pull-away in embarrassment.
Such are the motions captured through the Pepero game, a game popularized by the chocolate stick snack in Korea that calls for participants to consume every bitheavily to the center as imaginable without kissing. Whilstit roughly feels like anything for couples only, it's farcommonplace for K-pop idols to play the sport on kind shows.
Meanwhile, TaeTiSeo's first Christmas special album Dear Santa will be released on Dec. 4. EDaily shared that member Seohyun contributed to the lyrics in theiridentify song "Dear Santa." The track is described as a relaxing sound that might make listeners feel comfortable all winter. The remainder of their album is expoundedto includea variety of fascinating pop songs and emotional, candy ballads.
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The revision, dubbed the "JYJ bill," will save you Korean broadcasters from being in a positionto prohibit celebrities from acting on methods without transparent reason. The invoiceused to be nicknamed after the placement of K-pop trio JYJ, who have allegedly been kept off of trackcourses unjustly by ability ofaffect from the member's former entertainment agency.
Since the 3individuals of JYJ left SM Entertainment, the maximum important Korean entertainment agency, the crowd has been absent from weekly Korean music shows.
JYJ, made up of Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, and Kim Junsu, were formerly members of TVXQ under SM Entertainment and left the crew in 2009 after filing a freelance nullification lawsuit. In 2010, the 3shaped the trio JYJ.