Whenever people come to teach English in Korea, they notice and comment on how skinny Korean girls are. You do see some "healthy" girls here and there, but for the most part you see super slim Korean girls walking on extra tall heels with teeny skirts on. You start wondering whether it's their diet or some secret that the rest of the world doesn't know about.
Walking down the streets of Korea, you'll notice that there are a lot of signs that say the word "bee-mahn." Beemahn actually means obesity. So why would any business have signs that say that? Because they're obesity clinics! All over Korea, there are clinics that not only perform liposuction, but also give injections to people wanting to shed a few kilos the lazy way.
The picture above is a clinic set up right across one of my favorite coffee shops. Instantly you see a beautiful girl in a red dress with a list next to her. These are the list of body parts you can "fix" in order to be Korean beautiful. The list includes everything Korean girls want, including face size reduction and belly reduction.
What's even more surprising is that right in front of the clinic, they have a progress report on one of their patients. You can see how their BMI has reduced dramatically in three months. I swear I have even seen already tiny girls walk into these clinics.
So how safe is this? I have no idea. I did hear about fellow foreign teachers trying out these clinics and seeing awesome results. Apparently they give you a series of lipolytic shots that "melt" away the fat and even injections of carbon dioxide.
One of the most famous obesity clinics in Korea is 365mc. I only say famous because I've seen commercials for this clinic before every movie I've watched in a theater. If it's something that interests you, check out their website for testimonies written by foreigners. It's definitely tempting, but like I said, Koreans are willing to put their body in all kinds of risks as long as they look like their favorite K-Pop stars.
Aeri Park has had a multicultural history taking her from Seoul to Buenos Aires to Atlanta and back again. She graduated Emory University in 2008 and wanted to experience the culture of the place she was born. Aeri arrived in Suwon in 2010 and is now enjoying her second year teaching for Chungdahm in Pyeongchon. So far she has most enjoyed the food, fashion, and never ending list of places to explore. Follow Aeri to see where she goes!