Extreme diets of Korean stars Park Shin-hye, Suzy and IU revealed

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During a segment on channel FashionN's "Follow Me Season 5," style and beauty analysts revealed some of the extreme dieting routines of Park Shin-hye, Bae Suzy, IU and Ailee.

Most of their diets contain only the basic nutrients that are required, such as protein, vitamins and anti-oxidants. On top of their strict dieting routine, they also go through a rigorous work-out regimen.

It is important to note that these stars only go through their extreme dieting methods to lose weight quickly. These are not their normal dieting routines, but just short-term methods to suit certain roles in dramas or movies.

The diet of the stars is not proven safe. Its effect can vary from person to person. Before starting a diet programme one should consult with doctors and professionals.

The hosts of the show also stressed that these diets could be extremely harmful to the body, and could lead to hair loss, depression and other health problems.

Dangerously skinny K-pop girl groups

  • DIA and I.O.I member Jung Chae-yeon recently shot a pictorial for beauty and culture magazine bnt International.
  • She revealed how she lost weight in an accompanying interview.
  • "Last year, I was 64kg and in 3 months I lost 16kg."
  • "On top of that I practiced dancing and so I just lost weight," she said.
  • Jung added, "Back then I had a lot of health problems and my blood pressure was bad."
  • She continued: "I pretty much starved and only ate soft tofu and soy milk. If I really felt it wasn't enough, I'd eat cherry tomatoes."
  • "Nowadays I'm busy with promotions and other schedules so I eat more."
  • Her membership in both DIA and I.O.I, as well as her role in tvN's "Drinking Solo" and Mnet's "Hit the Stage" means Jung is constantly busy and moving around.
  • Concerning her stamina, she said, "People don't faint that easily. I don't even take any supplements or vitamins. I just eat well whenever I can."
  • In the world of K-pop, which touts stick-thin figures as presentable, achievable and even admirable, there seems to be a fine line between dieting and starvation, with the pressure to look slender often resulting in dangerous consequences.
  • The influence of the mass media “cannot be ignored” when it comes to anorexic patients in Korea, according to psychiatrist Kim Hwan-ki.
  • Last month, it was revealed that JinE of girl group Oh My Girl would be taking a break due to anorexia.
  • JinE had shown symptoms of the eating disorder and had been receiving treatment since her debut, the group’s management agency WM Entertainment announced on Aug 25, 2016.
  • The girl group member is currently resting in her hometown of Pohang and now weighs a little over 40 kilograms, according to reports. The petite singer, standing at 159 centimeters tall, formerly weighed 30-something kilograms.
  • Girl groups share testimonials of extreme diet regimens on television, from the “cup” routine -- where all contents of a meal fit inside one small paper cup -- to the self-explanatory “one meal a day” method.
  • Korean society’s standards for a “thin” figure also appear to be extremely harsh.
  • Other K-pop singers have confessed to post-dieting health problems. In February, Sojung of girl group Ladies’ Code mentioned on JTBC’s variety program “Girl Spirit” that she did not have her period for nearly one year after she started dieting.
  • In 2014, Tiffany of Girls’ Generation said on the talk show “Radio Star” that with a weight of 48 kilograms and a height of 162 centimeters, she was the heaviest of the (Girls’ Generation) members and teased by other group members for being a “pig.”
  • A chart that has been circulating on Korean websites juxtaposes two types of weight for a certain height -- the “standard” weight versus the “pretty” weight.
  • According to this chart, whose source is unidentified, for a woman who is 165 centimeters tall, the “standard” weight is 59.8 kilograms; the “pretty” weight is some 9 kilograms lighter, at 50.4 kilograms -- but most celebrities claim to be much lighter than both figures.
  • “It’s safe to say that girl groups you see onscreen are pretty much dieting all the time,” said a representative from a K-pop management, agency who wished to remain unnamed. “We do try to enforce healthy guidelines for (our trainees),” but celebrities go out of their way to diet, as they are unable to escape the pressure from both the media and audiences, the representative said.

The diet details are as follows:

Park Shin-hye

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Breakfast: 1 cucumber, 1 glass of fat-free milk

Lunch: half-bowl of rice, 2 cabbage leaves

Dinner: 1 cucumber, 2 cabbage leaves


Bae Suzy

Daily: 1 sweet potato, small serving of chicken breasts, 1 glass of milk





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Daily: 1 apple, 2 sweet potatoes, 1 protein packed drink






Daily: 1 banana, small serving of chicken breasts, 1 cup of broccoli, 1 cup of paprika and vegetables.