President Donald Trump is officially obese, according to a newly released physical exam from the White House which shows that the president now weighs 243 pounds.
Trump, 72, underwent an annual physical on Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre, under the supervision of physician to the president Dr. Sean Conley.
According to the results revealed Thursday, Trump is in “very good health overall,” but his weight has increased by four pounds, from 239 to 243 pounds. Trump was advised last year to watch his diet, exercise more and lose weight.
While a small amount, the weight gain was enough to push Trump, who claims to be 6-foot-3, from the overweight to obese category on the BMI index. (Trump’s driving license, issued in May 2012, stated his height as 6ft 2in. Many outlets have noted that his actual height appears to be between 6ft 1in and 6ft 2in.)
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A body mass index of 30 or more is considered obese, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Trump’s BMI is 30.4
“While BMI is not a perfect assessment of one’s health, when someone is clinically obese and has other risk factors, that significantly raises the concern for having heart problems,” said CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Apart from the weight gain, there were “no findings of significance or changes to report on his physical exam,” according to Dr Conley.
The physical results offered more limited information than last year’s but note that the President increased his daily dose of rosuvastatin, a medication used to treat high cholesterol. His cholesterol levels showed a total cholesterol of 196 — HDL of 58, and LDL of 122. Last year, his total cholesterol was 223 — HDL cholesterol of 63, and LDL of 94.
His blood pressure was measured as 118/80. In his physical last year, his blood pressure was 116/70.
The President also received immunizations: the Pneumovax 23 vaccine, which protects against pneumococcal diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia, and the Shingrix vaccine, which protects against shingles.