SEOUL (dpa) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to be suffering from gout, South Korean media quoted an informed source saying Saturday.
Yonhap news agency said recent video footage showed the young leader in his early 30s walking with a limp, and noted that he missed a public appearance at the country’s parliament this week.
“Kim Jong-Un is suffering from gout, which is why he is limping on both legs,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I understand that he is suffering from gout along with hyperuricemia, hyperlipidemia, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.”
North Korean state media on Friday confirmed that Kim was unwell, but did not specify any ailment.
The Yonhap report said Kim’s health is believed to have deteriorated due to his frequent drinking and overeating.
The source also noted that gout runs in Kim’s family. Kim’s grandfather, father and elder brother all reportedly suffered from the illness, the report said.
Gout is often caused by obesity, high-calorie diet, drinking, and a lack of exercise. Genetic factors also play a large role. Kim took power following the death of his father Kim Jong Il in December 2011.