White House Doctor: Trump Is Obese, Needs Exercise Program and Better Diet

White House Doctor: Trump Is Obese, Needs Exercise Program and Better Diet

Plus, there's some mystery surrounding his height.

By Marianne Garvey

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, M.D., the official physician to the president, revealed the results of Donald Trump’s physical this week, crediting him with “incredible genes,” because of “the way God made him.”

Specifically, God made him “borderline obese.”

While The Donald, 71, received a clean bill of health (“excellent”) Tuesday afternoon during an exhausting White House press briefing, and was declared fit for duty for some time to come, at a height of six feet three inches tall, weighing in at 239 pounds, he is considered borderline obese. And by borderline, we mean one pound away.

Let us explain: According to the National Institutes of Health's online BMI calculator, Trump has a body mass index, or BMI, that puts him in the "overweight" range, which is defined as having a weight is higher than normal for a person's height. According to Trump's charts, he has a BMI of 29.9, which places him on the verge of obesity, defined as a BMI of 30 or greater.

So, Trump is just one pound shy of being considered obese. But as many reports have pointed out, unless he grew an inch since becoming president, Trump had normally been marking his height on his New York State driver’s license as six feet two inches tall, which would both fit him squarely into he category of obese — and i would also make him a fibber about his height.

He’s also gained three pounds over the last year, according to records — not surprising based on his steady diet of McDonald’s, Diet Cokes, and his favorite travel companion — endless bags of chips — aboard Air Force One.

"Overall, he has very, very good health," his doctor added. Mmm hmmm.

His heart tested fine, but the doctor will be designing a diet and exercise program to lower Trump’s cholesterol and attempt to slim him down by at least 10 to 15 pounds.

As for medicines, Trump currently has prescriptions for Crestor, for lowering cholesterol; Aspirin; Propecia, for hair loss; Soolantra Cream for rosacea; and a multivitamin.

Now for his mental health.

The physical also included a cognitive test, called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA. He landed a perfect score on that, identifying animals and connecting the dots on letter/number sequences The test is supposed to detect Alzheimer's disease or other mental impairments.

"I have no reason to think whatsoever that the president has any issues with his thought process," the doctor said. 

This was Trump’s first full check-up since becoming president, and it ran four hours total. There were 12 additional consultants in the room.

Dr. Jackson addressed the White House pool of reporters on the topic for nearly an hour Tuesday, and shared that Trump was very open to having his medical results discussed with the public.

The doctor added that he told the president that if he’d kept a healthier diet and consistently exercised for the last 20 years he might have “lived to be 200.”

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