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18 Aug 2019, 4:08 am

Trump Puts on a Few Pounds, Enters Obese Range
By Roberta Rampton and Julie Steenhuysen

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has gained weight over the past year and is now in the obese range, although he remains in "very good health overall," according to results of an annual presidential physical examination conducted back in February. Trump, known for his love of hamburgers and well-done steaks and an aversion to the gym, was warned by his doctor last year that he needed to change his diet and start to exercise.
But the 72-year-old president weighed in at 243 pounds (110.2 kg), up from 239 pounds (108.4 kg) in early 2018. The added pounds pushed Trump's body mass index into the obese category, which increases the risk of heart disease and is associated with a higher risk for cancers. "He's definitely carrying too much weight," said Dr. Matthew Sorrentino, a preventive cardiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine. Trump's doctor said the president's health was fine. "After taking into account all the laboratory results, examinations and specialist recommendations, it is my determination that the president remains in very good health overall," his physician Sean Conley said.

Last year, Trump's doctor had directed him to try to lose 10 to 15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) by eating better and exercising. While aides said he chose fish over red meat more often during the year, his main source of exercise remained golf.
Trump's resting heart rate was 70 beats per minute (bpm), up from 68 bpm last year. His blood pressure was 118/80 compared to 122/74. "His cholesterol levels are not awful, but somewhat high," said Dr. Ranit Mishori, a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Trump's doctor said he increased his dose of a statin, a drug to reduce cholesterol. Trump's total blood cholesterol was 196, down from 223 last year. A breakdown of the president's cholesterol numbers showed that his high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, the "good" or protective form of cholesterol, was 58, down from 67 last year. His low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called "bad" cholesterol, was 122, down from 143 last year. High LDL levels can lead to a buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. "His LDL is still mildly elevated if you look at averages," said Sorrentino. Sorrentino said the medication reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke by "maybe 30 to 40 percent, but it doesn't eliminate the risk. You still have cardiovascular risk. We've just made that a little bit lower by being on a statin."

Trump did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia, his doctor said, meaning he did not have a colonoscopy. The brief memo did not comment on whether Trump had been given a cognitive assessment - the focus of much attention last year, when the White House sought to put to rest questions about his mental fitness for office.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Julie Steenhuysen, additional reporting by Tim Ahmann and Steve Holland; editing by Peter Cooney and Bill Berkrot)



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18 Aug 2019, 11:58 am

Still less than Taft.


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18 Aug 2019, 2:07 pm

Tim_Tex wrote:
Still less than Taft.


Damning with faint praise! :lol:

Taft couldn't fit into the White House bathtub.



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18 Aug 2019, 3:01 pm

So what I’m technically obese. All presidents get fat or rapidly age, it’s stressful job. I eat a lot when stressed or sad, that job probably turn me into 1000 pound man.



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18 Aug 2019, 4:13 pm

The sooner his arteries clog up entirely the better. :lol:


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18 Aug 2019, 4:23 pm

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The sooner his arteries clog up entirely the better. :lol:


You might want to rethink that. If Trump dies in office, we get Pence. Here's a guy who's more competent and experienced. He can get more bad s**t done because he knows the system -- and he's a crazy evangelical Christian.

I'm rooting for Trump to adopt a healthier lifestyle, myself.


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18 Aug 2019, 4:25 pm

Why are we worried about obesity when your weight can be in the obese range and "have very good health overall?"



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18 Aug 2019, 6:53 pm

VegetableMan wrote:
funeralxempire wrote:
The sooner his arteries clog up entirely the better. :lol:


You might want to rethink that. If Trump dies in office, we get Pence. Here's a guy who's more competent and experienced. He can get more bad s**t done because he knows the system -- and he's a crazy evangelical Christian.

I'm rooting for Trump to adopt a healthier lifestyle, myself.


Pence wouldn't stand a chance of winning re-election, Trump might. :wink:

Unrelated:

I keep misreading this as POTUS now in obese rage. :lol:


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18 Aug 2019, 7:25 pm

BTDT wrote:
Why are we worried about obesity when your weight can be in the obese range and "have very good health overall?"

I guess Trump is not yet suffering from the health problems obesity brings on. That's why he can have very good health right now, but be under advisement to lose weight because that will change eventually if he doesn't. Similar to smoking and drinking, it takes a while before the damage starts getting done.



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18 Aug 2019, 8:03 pm

Some obese people manage to live long lives.
William Shatner (Captain Kirk) who is obese, is getting close to being 90 and is still very robust.



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18 Aug 2019, 8:05 pm

EzraS wrote:
Some obese people manage to live long lives.
William Shatner (Captain Kirk) is obese and he is getting close to being 90 years old.

and have less wrinkles :)

A couple of studies have found that women with a low body mass index (BMI) have increased skin aging
https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-c ... inkles.htm


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19 Aug 2019, 12:25 am

all the previous presidents in recent memory, managed to avoid obesity and took better general care of themselves.



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19 Aug 2019, 12:43 am

I thought body shaming and fat shaming was supposed to be a bad thing. I wonder how judged and stigmatized some members feel reading these kinds of threads feel.



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19 Aug 2019, 7:37 am

EzraS wrote:
I thought body shaming and fat shaming was supposed to be a bad thing. I wonder how judged and stigmatized some members feel reading these kinds of threads feel.



Right? I'm wondering if the suggestion is that I should cease to exist? I never used to have a weight problem, for the first 37 years of my life I was very thin. Add a cancer diagnosis, steroids and Methadone to the equation and I'm now technically 'obese.' I'm not happy about it. I haven't quite figured out how to get it off yet, but I'm trying.

So much disparaging: just different faces, different politics, opportunity, advantages. The thin have contempt for the fat, the poor have contempt for the not poor and vice versa. I don't usually believe people when they say they are not judgmental, or prejudiced. The same person will take up for one while squashing another. Myself included... It's a strange phenomenon and one I don't understand or like.


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19 Aug 2019, 7:45 am

i don't give a blinkin' hoot how the big fool looks, on his own time he can weight a thousand # for all i care. but he is on the public dime and he is literally government property just as i was when i served uncle sam. the same rules should apply for soldiers and presidents regarding weight. his weight is a liability in terms of his health. as much as the big fool saddens me, i want to see him continue to live rather than prematurely get replaced by the even worse VP.