Doctor: Trump 'fit for office,' could improve diet, exercise

President Donald Trump is officially overweight, his physician revealed Tuesday.

Jackson said he discussed "diet, exercise and weight loss", among other topics, with the president and noted that a nutritionist would work with him in an attempt to change his eating habits, which are said to include a steady stream of fast food and red meat.

Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, said on Tuesday that Trump was in excellent health overall but needed to lose weight, eat better, and break a sweat more often.

Trump's request came in the wake of the behind-the-scenes White House book "Fire and Fury", which spurred questions about Trump's mental state.

Presidents aren't required to get a checkup, but modern presidents do so regularly and release a doctor's report on the findings.

"Standing at 75 inches tall, or 6' 2.5", and weighing in at 239 pounds, Trump's weight places him at a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.3, or, if his height is rounded up to 6' 3", 29.9.

Sanjay Gupta, the network's chief medical correspondent, proclaimed that based on President Donald Trump's coronary calcium scores going back to the previous decade, Trump has heart disease.

"I have no concerns about his cognitive ability", Dr. Jackson added. "I've found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process". Petersen said he could not comment specifically on the president's cognitive health.

Jackson, a longtime presidential physician, also described Trump as "very sharp" and told reporters the president was "absolutely. fit for duty", not just for the remainder of this term, but for another four years if he's re-elected. Before he did so, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by Aidy Bryant, introduced him and said he would explain to the public "how not fat the president is".

However, Dr. Jackson did admit that Trump's weight was an issue that he and the president were now working to get under control. If he was just an inch shorter or a pound heavier he would be labeled "obese" instead of merely overweight.

Dr Jackson said the test - which Trump did "exceedingly well" on - would have shown evidence of Alzheimer's disease or other issues. Jackson said he hopes to bring down the LDL or "bad cholesterol" score with diet, exercise and statin medication.

Dr. Jackson said at Tuesday's briefing that after conducting last week's physical, he and the president set a goal of losing 10-15 pounds.



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