The K-pop celebrities are willing to do anything, even drastic measures, in order to obtain slim figures. It’s an even harder pressure on the celebrities when some agencies set restrictions to their diet. In August last year, a girl group called SISTAR confessed in an interview that their agency, Starship Entertainment, were especially strict while they were trainees. Their manager kept track of everything that they ate, even every piece of kimchi, a Korean side dish. Not only is this very controlling, this does not provide enough energy for the girls to train. They would feel like they’re going to faint when they must train hard. You can read more on this article from allkpop. Just how did they diet? A couple years ago, all of a sudden, the K-pop celebrities were trying dangerous diets in order to lose lots of weight. They bragged on interviews that they did such and such diets, but in comment sections on a translated news site called allkpop.com, American and other international fans frown at the bad examples celebrities are setting for their fans. They know how this is dangerous for the body as it would lack in crucial nutrients necessary to function. This year, a member of SISTAR, Bora, confessed that she tried the one-meal a day diet. She only ate dinner every day. She didn’t even drink water in fear that she would gain weight (she’s not the only one who believed that; many Korean girls believed that, too). She now acknowledges that it’s the wrong kind of diet. You can read more on this and what other girls tried for diets here on allkpop.
There are some girls who try to do exercise, too, but the what they eat during the day seem unhealthy. For example, solo artist IU ate apple for breakfast, potato for lunch, and protein shake for dinner. Her dieting method seems a little better than Bora’s but it’s still concerning. This is all that she eats when she does an hour of aerobic exercise (on top of whatever dancing practice that she would need to do).
However, I do think that these days Korean stars are beginning to realize that these diets are ineffective and can damage the body. On a Korean TV show called Star King, one of the contests informed everyone a healthy way to detox the body. After hearing this, girl group APINK realized how they have been dieting every day wrong. They’d usually eat takeout food and when it’s time for dieting, they’d only eat salad or sweet potatoes. The contestant gave them a list of nutrition facts and informed the girls that they were lacking protein in their diet. You can read more here on allkpop.
This month, girl group KARA came back with a new album, receiving praise again from the public for their bodies. On an article on allkpop, it says that Hara, one of the members, makes sure that she eats healthy food, especially vegetables. And then, of course, she would do lots of exercise. The other members also do pilates and horseback riding.
I’m glad that they are beginning to be aware of healthier dieting. But I hope that more people like the contestant on Star King informed more people about this. Agencies should hire nutritionists or something since they have the money to, right?