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Donald Trump Is Officially Obese, According To His Doctor

Donald Trump Is Officially Obese, According To His Doctor

White House doctor Ronny Jackson said President Donald Trump urged him to take a cognitive test as a part of his annual physical.

But he said he told the president he would benefit from a healthier diet and routine exercise, which will begin this year with the hopes of reducing Trump's weight by 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms).

Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, said Trump is in "excellent" health and spent about an hour fielding a wide range of questions about his medical exam.

As far as he knows, Jackson said this is the first time a doctor has performed a cognitive assessment on a president.

Jackson said that if Trump had any kind of mental issue, the Montreal assessment is sensitive enough to pick those up.

Though there were things Trump could do better, he said - on the whole - the President is in "very, very good health".

Trump's cholesterol of 223 is elevated and his low-density lipoprotein of 143 is borderline high.

Trump took office at age 70, making him the oldest incoming USA president.

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The physician, who was appointed to the White House post by President Barack Obama and retained by Trump, said that Trump's diet had changed since he took office.

The White House physician also declared the president as "very healthy" and his overall health "excellent" in spite of his unhealthy habits, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN. This quickly led to Trump's own health (pictures of him enjoying fast food as well as stories of emergency runs to McDonald's littered the campaign) coming into question.

If you were to ask 100 people to name the concerns that they have about Trump as president, not one of them would mention his physical health.

Jackson says Trump is healthy and should remain so for the remainder of his presidency.

Dr. Jackson said multiple times during the almost hour-long meeting with reporters that he had had no intention of administering the test, but that Trump requested the exam.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, on which Trump scored a ideal 30 out of 30, can help detect Alzheimer's disease as well as mild cognitive impairment, but is not the same as a psychological examination.

He described the cognitive assessment he gave Trump as "one of the ones that was a little bit more involved, it was longer, it was the more hard one of all of them".


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