United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump could live up to 200 years if he had maintained a healthier diet over the past 20 years, White House Physician, Dr Ronny Jackson, has said.
Trump’s doctor spoke yesterday as he broke the silence on President’s health his diet.
He described Trump’s health as “excellent,” but added that like the majority of Americans, the President “is overweight and he doesn’t get enough exercise.”
The President weighs 239 pounds. That means he’s gained three pounds over the last year, according to his last official records.
At six feet, three inches tall, Trump had a body mass index (BMI) that puts him in the “overweight” range, according to the National Institutes of Health’s online BMI calculator.
Being overweight is simply defined as a person whose weight is higher than what is considered a normal weight adjusted for height. The President is one pound shy of being considered obese, according to these calculations.
Even without the buns, Trump’s favorite fast-food meal is a diet-buster.
He is not alone. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than one in three adults were considered to be overweight and more than one in three were considered obese. That means the percentage of adults age 20 and above who are overweight or obese is 70.7 per cent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.
Jackson said he will work with Trump to design an exercise routine and eating program that will help him get a better handle on his weight. The President said he would like to lose some, according to the doctor.
Being overweight, or in this case borderline obese, does increase Trump’s risk for diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Tests have shown he has high cholesterol and there’s evidence of heart disease, but Jackson said tests show his heart is functioning well.
“I think a reasonable goal over the next year or so would be to lose 10 to 15 pounds,” Jackson said. “We talked about diet and exercise a lot. He is more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both.”
Trump is also not alone in his lack of interest in exercise. Out of adults over the age of 18, 51.7 per cent met the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity, and 21.7 per cent of adults meet the aerobic and muscle strengthening activity guidelines, according to the CDC. Adults are supposed to do two hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous intensity aerobic activity for “substantial health benefits,” according to the guidelines. Trump has been seen out on the golf course, and the guidelines do say that “some activity is better than none,” but if his doctor has any say in the matter, Trump will be exercising more.
“If we get diet and exercise right, then weight loss will come,” Jackson said.
Presenting the outcome of Trump’s medical fitness that the President could eat KFC and McDonald’s and still be in great shape because God gave him ‘incredible genes’, the doctor declared the president as “very healthy” and his overall health “excellent” in spite of his unhealthy habits.
“It’s called genetics. I don’t know. Some people have just great genes. I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. “I don’t know. It’s just the way God made him,” Jackson said.
The physician’s press briefing came after Trump underwent his first physical examination as President last Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland.
Jackson said Trump received a perfect score on a cognitive test designed to screen for neurological impairment.
According to him, it is evident that the President did not suffer from mental issues that could prevent him from functioning in office and can serve out two terms of eight years.
“I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the President has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes,” Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy, he said.
A book published earlier this month, “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, asserted that even Trump’s own advisers and associates questioned his fitness for office.
Trump, the doctor said, asked for the cognitive test to answer his critics and attempt to quell questions about his mental abilities.
Jackson said with mostly normal results on a battery of tests and examinations “excellent”, Trump, 71, has remarkably good cardiac health, probably because he does not smoke or drink alcohol.
Jackson said the President sleeps only four to five hours a night but rarely sees the President overly stressed.
“He has a unique ability to just get up in the morning and just reset. He gets up and he just starts a new day,” the White House doctor said.