On the April 14th episode of the tvN variety program, the veteran idol stepped on top of a weight scale, when all the cast members had to get their weights checked as "prisoners". When his weight was revealed, Shindong expressed utter shock as it came out to be 245 lbs (111.7 kg), with a height of 177 cm (5' 9") .
He then said to himself, "why do I weigh so much?". Soon, fellow cast member Kang Ho Dong, on the other hand, announced, "I am going to do whatever it takes to keep my own weight hidden". That plan, however, could not be followed through, as tvN ended up revealing all of their actual weights.
When the episode was aired, several netizens went online and shared how female celebrities would have been "even more criticized" if they were overweight, because of the "irrational double standard" that an idol should always look after one's physical appearance.
In other news, this all-new 'Great Escape' began its second season back in March.