WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump weighed in at 243 pounds during his physical last week, an increase of four pounds from last year that makes him technically obese, according to a report released Thursday by the White House.
Trump’s blood pressure, 118/80, was about the same as last year (122/74), while his cholesterol was down to 196 from 223 last year. The president has also had an increase in dosage of rosuvastatin (also known as Crestor), a drug designed to help reduce cholesterol levels.
“It is my determination that the President remains in very good health,” said Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, in the report released by the White House.
The administration released the report in the midst of a busy news cycle, just minutes after officials announced that Trump would declare a “national emergency” at the border in a bid to obtain funding for a border wall.
Trump – who once described his exercise regimen as “I walk, I this, I that” – has long faced questions about his health. Last year, he was weighed at 239 pounds, giving the 6-foot-3 president a body mass index of 29.9, just under the level of 30 that is considered obese.
After the release of details from his latest physical, doctors on social media noted that Trump’s height and weight give him a BMI of 30.4, just over the line of obesity.
Conley performed Trump’s physical on Friday for more than four hours at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.
Afterward, Conley wrote in a summary memo released by the White House that Trump “is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond.” But Conley provided no details at the time.
Conley said he performed and supervised the assessment along with a panel of 11 board-certified specialists.
The 72-year-old president doesn’t exercise regularly, beyond golf, and acknowledged last year he takes a drug designed to lower his cholesterol. On the other hand, Trump has eschewed tobacco and has said he’s never had an alcoholic drink.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, who examined Trump last year, reported that – like many Americans – the president could use more exercise and a better diet lower in fat and carbohydrates. Jackson described Trump as being in “excellent health.”
After anonymous sources questioned the president’s mental capacity in the bombshell book “Fire and Fury,” Jackson last year performed an assessment to screen for cognitive impairment. Trump got a perfect score, Jackson said.
“The president is mentally very sharp,” Jackson said at the time.
Trump later nominated Jackson to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, but the doctor withdrew his nomination amid a barrage of allegations of prior misconduct, including treatment of subordinates.
White House doctor Ronny Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary. (April 26)
Other results from Trump’s last two physicals:
• Trump’s cholesterol level of 196 was down from last year’s reading of 223, which was slightly over normal; his blood pressure readings in both years were well within the normal range.
• The president had a resting heart rate of 70 beats per minute, up from 68 beats per minute last year. Sixty to 100 beats per minute is considered normal.
• Trump has a history of elevated cholesterol and was taking a low dose of Crestor to treat it. This year, his doctor reported an increase in dosage of the drug to 40 mg.
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