Sophia's Mukbang Show 소피아의 먹방

Monday, December 13, 2021

Mukbang: The History

You may have heard the term 'mukbang' before but where did it originate from, and why has it become such a global thing? Is it the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) or maybe possibly the satisfaction of satiating ones' own food cravings? Watching mukbang ASMR videos personally do not sit well with me but it seems even my little ones are attracted to these kinds of shows.

So, what exactly is 'mukbang'? Where does this word come from? Muk comes from the word '먹다' (muk-dah) which means 'to eat' while bang comes from the word '방송' (bang-sōng) which means 'broadcast'. Shortened, you have mukbang or eating show. 

Mukbangs originated from South Korea. They were live shows where people were shown eating in real-time, a lot of which was just aired straight from that person's home. It is said to have originated sometime in 2008 and grew in popularity in Korea over the years. In 2015, mukbang shows started gaining global spectators.

Although I have not watched a full episode of any one mukbang, I was told that these people consumed thousands of calories in just one sitting. I don't know about you, but that is INSANE! I am sure that eating this way could lead to a lot of health issues but I pray that these people who do it for a living are okay physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Sophia's Mukbang Show

Sophia is ready for her mukbang show.

As of late, Sophia has been enjoying pretending to be a show host. There was one day last week I had made the kids kimbap with heart-shaped spam in the center. As I set down the plate of kimbap, Sophia started up her show host lines and I thought, "Hey, why don't I record Sophia doing a mukbang?"

Sophia was up for this new adventure so why not?

Down below is her short but sweet mukbang show. Make sure to stick with it to the end and watch the bloopers. She is just the cutest kid and I'm sure that you would agree. 

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