New Fascination with Trump's Body

New Fascination with Trump's Body

It seems that the latest conversation about President Trump is all about his body. According to his detractors, he’s overweight, unhealthy, and just plain fat. With so many important topics of national importance on the table, is this really the number one topic we need to discuss? It may surprise you, but the answer could be yes. We’ll explain why.

Highlights

  • It looks like the president’s BMI or body mass index clocked in at 30.4; this pushes him into the category of obesity. However, all may not be what it seems, especially at first glance.
  • For years, health experts have talked about whether the BMI is an accurate indicator of good health. In President Trump’s case, his BMI does not match up with his overall health, nor is it a good representation of his fitness.
  • President Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said Trump is in “very good health overall.” Even though the president had planned on losing weight, he had gained just 4 pounds at the time of his exam.
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  • Trump’s physical examination at Walter Reed Military hospital took about four hours to complete. There were eleven physicians who saw the president during this time – an exhaustive investigation to be sure.
  • Recommendations for the president are to modify his diet, lose weight and try to fit in more exercise. But isn’t that true for all of us?
  • The president enjoys fast food and diet cokes; he’s also not a person who regularly heads to the gym. His idea of exercise is golfing and walking around the White House complex, which can be beneficial. The problem is likely more about his schedule. All of these suggestions take time and effort to accomplish; none are a quick fix.
  • Presidents get annual physicals and testing to prevent future complications to their health. President Trump is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighed in at 243 pounds at his 2019 exam. His doctors closely watch him for signs of health issues, but thus far have no specific complaints.
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  • A large percentage of the American population is considered obese. Donald Trump may be the president, but he is also human. What matters is both that he tries and that he put his health report out there for the public to see. That makes him more approachable and relatable to the everyday person.