White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson revealed to reporters on Tuesday that President Trump is in “excellent” cardiac health and that he did “exceedingly well” on his cognitive test.
Jackson told reporters that President does not currently have a daily physical fitness routine but did say he would work with Trump on an exercise schedule and a better diet.
“He has incredible genes, I just assume,” the doctor said.
The doctor said he would try to enlist first lady Melania Trump to get the President to eat better.
Dr. Jackson said Trump, 71, stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 239 pounds. That places Trump’s BMI at 29.9, exactly 0.1 units shy of the obesity distinction.
As Slate notes:
Remarkably, the president was found to be exactly 1 pound lighter than a weight that would have pushed him over the edge to receive the diagnosis of obesity. Similarly, if he were merely 1/10 of an inch shorter, he would also be considered obese.
Technically, BMI is also an objective measure—you plug in the numbers and see your result. But it can be gamed. The president could have fasted prior to being weighed, meaning that he would have stepped onto the scale while on the low end of an adult’s typical 2–4 pound daily variance and eked it out as merely “overweight.”
The NY Times notes that the president’s cholesterol is “too high, despite taking medicine to lower it, and Dr. Jackson said Mr. Trump would be increasing the 10-milligram dosage of Crestor to better control it.”
“The president, he and I talked,” Dr. Jackson said. “He would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds. We talked about diet and exercise a lot. He’s more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both.”