While Donald Trump was on the campaign trail, his doctor released a statement claiming he would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” That’s a bold statement considering the now-President rarely exercises, has goals of losing at least 15 pounds, and is on medication to control his cholesterol.
In an interview with Dr. Oz, Trump admitted that he has goals to lose weight. Currently, he’s 6’3” and weighs 236 pounds. He is also currently on Statins, a drug intended to help lower cholesterol. Now, his cholesterol level is normal.
Trump has also admitted to eating a good amount of fast food while he’s on the road. And he gets hardly any sleep those days.
That’s a combination even a 20-year-old would have trouble keeping up with, and yet it’s the standard for the President. At 70 years old, there has been an increased focus on Trump’s health–and doctors seem to agree that he’s doing surprisingly well, especially as the oldest president to ever enter the office. He may be ‘beating the odds,’ but doctors are unlikely to recommend that routine.
Given the pressure and time commitment of the position, Trump is hardly the only president to exhibit less-than-ideal eating and exercise habits. James K. Polk would reportedly request cornbread instead of eating from a banquet of French cuisine. Still, if he hopes to run for a second term, he should work on his eating, sleeping, and exercise habits.
Here is how science says Trump should be living:
– Most healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep
– Regardless of your fitness level, working out three to four times a week provides the biggest benefits. Doctors recommend taking at least one day off after two consecutive days of strength training.
– A healthy eating plan should emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. It should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts, and be low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and sugars.
Source: CNN, Business Insider