Photo: IU's 'Baby Body' Weighs Just 97 Pounds

December 27, 2012 at 9:00 am EDT

IU pictured this year

IU is a US size zero

A photo of IU's 'true' body size became a trending topic online yesterday, after an anonymous web post showed the singer standing next to a 'normal' woman.

The 2012-dated picture shows the petite singer, who is currently preparing for a spring comeback, in a red check dress talking to a friend.

Since revealing on her blog that she weighs 97 pounds (44kg), the 19-year-old has been the centre of much debate in Korean media, who have dubbed the singer's slim frame as a 'baby body'.

"It's just that my bones are thin, so they can appear thin even when I have some meat on them," the 5-foot-3 (162cm) star has explained. "I suddenly lost a lot of weight [in 2011] and so people have been saying that I looked starved, and that I look like an elementary school student."

To prove that she is a normal weight, the "You & I" star took to the scales on SBS' Strong Heart in May.

"On average, female celebrities [in South Korea] weigh about 45kg [100 pounds]," she said after her stats were recorded. "I want to now say that too have the figure of a celebrity."

IU at the Music Bang K-pop festival concert in Hong Kong on June 23, 2012Credit: Antony Dickson/AFP

IU at the Music Bang K-pop festival concert in Hong Kong on June 23, 2012
Credit: Antony Dickson/AFP

Fans will be able to judge for themselves when IU co-hosts SBS's Song Competition at Korea University on December 29.

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