When you and I lose or put some weight, few people notice, and they’re usually a family member, partner, or friend.
But if a celebrity goes through a drastic change in appearance, the world will know within hours.
And when Squid Game‘s Jung Ho-yeon posted a series of photos of herself in a recent Instagram post, fans were alarmed, to say the least.
Fans Concerned About Squid Game’s Jung Ho-yeon Weight Loss
In the post published last week, Jung shared several pictures of herself in different types of clothing.
In the first few snaps, where her top is completely covered, nothing seems amiss.
But in one picture where her sternum and arms are exposed, Jung looks almost emaciated, if not extremely skinny.
Concerned, fans urged her to eat more.
“I loved you in Squid game. I think you are an amazing actor and human. I don’t want to come off negative at all, just want to say that seeing you in the black dress made me a bit worried. I know it’s how it is for models to obtain a certain weight standard. But please make sure you are eating well, working with a holistic dietician, and making sure your physical and mental health are well and energised through food,” one commenter said.
“You are cute, but honestly you have to eat some food,” said another.
Even her friend and fellow actress Park Ju-hyun was alarmed, commenting, “My friend, are you planning on becoming simply bones?”
Some noted that the 27-year-old actress looked tired as well.
Too Busy to Eat
Speaking to Star News, Jung revealed that during a busy schedule in the US, she “didn’t even have any time to eat”.
“So, I lost way too much weight. All the clothes that used to fit me when I first came to America are too loose now.”
She also said that she had lost 3kg after Squid Game due to her incessant schedule, which, reportedly, will be full until Feb 2022.
Is Being Underweight Dangerous?
According to her official profile, the 27-year-old is 1.79m tall and weighs 49kg, meaning she has a BMI of just 15.3 and is underweight. If we include the 3kg lost, she would now weight 46kg, which means a BMI of 14.4, which, according to healthhub.sg, would be at risk of “nutritional deficiency and osteoporosis”.
The “normal” weight range for someone her height would be from 59.3kg to 79.8kg.
While healthy eating is often focused on lowering caloric intake, there are dangers that come with being underweight as well.
- vitamin deficiencies
- osteoporosis from too little vitamin D and calcium
- decreased immune function
- growth and development issues, especially in children and teenagers
When talking about her weight loss after Squid Game, Jung seemed uncertain as to the cause.
“I couldn’t eat—it wasn’t stress, I just didn’t know this feeling. I was kind of losing myself,” she said.
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