Kim Jong-un Orders a North Korean Campaign Promoting Smoking as an Efficacious Weight Loss Method. He Himself Continues to Gain Rapid Weight
Saturday 15 May 2059 66112 Shares
Nicotine to Satiate Hunger (NSH), a National Campaign ordered by leader Kim Jong-Un was launched last week, promoting smoking as an efficacious weight loss method. This widespread campaign was launched as an attempt to decrease obesity throughout North Korea. Jong-Un’s support towards this campaign is no surprise as the leader himself is an avid smoker. The confusion here reveals itself in the suggested purpose of the campaign; to attempt management of the country's obesity problem, as the leader himself continues to gain weight at a rapid rate.
Kim Jon-Un’s poor health conditions are widely known and assumed to be, for the most part, corresponded to obesity. His rapid weight gain has been rumoured throughout North Korea and observed by many. It is estimated that the leader has gained as much as 30 Lbs in just the past month. Is this man with extremely compromised health and obesity concerns truly the most suitable to head a national weight loss campaign? This is a question that has left many uncertain.
Despite any confusion regarding Jon-Un’s heading of this campaign, studies have in fact shown nicotine to be an effective way to kill hunger. The substance activates a pathway in the brain, suppressing appetite and causing the body to forget of its hunger. In other words, nicotine mitigates starvation, making for a harmful yet effective weight loss method. The concern is in the many other side effects of smoking including cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Is it truly appropriate for a country to promote a habit that has been proven to be one of the most addictive and harmful?
North Korean citizens are and have been reacting to this new campaign, however their reactions are not as we expected. Since the launching of NSH, the North Korean smoking population has increased by 43, 89 of them being men. This is no real surprise as according to the world health organization, more than 46 of men in North Korea are smokers. Korean women are still less likely to pick up the habit, however the country has seen a noticeable uprising in female smokers since the launch of this campaign. As North Korea’s smoking rates rise, the world becomes more and more concerned for the country’s overall health. Many of us find ourselves asking, ¿Is widespread weight loss truly worth the endless other accompanying health risks that will flood their country?