Following reports that President Donald Trump is “overweight” and sedentary, the Internet started obsessing over it. However, experts claim that the President’s BMI and lifestyle choices are no different than those of most Americans.
Mr. Trump currently weighs 230 lbs., which means that he is 3 pounds fatter than he was in January 2017. With a height of 6 feet, 3 inches, his BMI shows that he is “overweight.”
- Overweight people have a weight that doesn’t fall in the “normal” range.
- Trump will be deemed “obese” if he gains just one more pound.
- Yet, his case is not isolated.
One in three Americans is “overweight” while more than one in three lives with obesity. Around 70% of all Americans are either obese of overweight, CDC found.
The President Trump’s BMI should not be a cause for concern, experts say, as the measure has its drawbacks. For instance, BMI cannot tell between muscle and fat tissues. Mr. Trump’s doctor said he is a healthy person. The fat is known to cause problems to one’s health, not muscle.
There Are Better Measures of Fat than BMI
There are some advanced technologies to tell fat from muscle. Several healthcare facilities offer bioelectrical impedance analyses, which can accurately the body’s fat composition. Experts recommend keeping an eye on waist circumference rather than BMI to see how much fat the body has.
The president, though, hasn’t undergone any of those tests. Only a doctor could tell if there is a risk of early death just by looking at Mr. Trump’s waist circumference. If it is larger than the hips, there is indeed a high risk of premature death from all causes.
Mr. Trump’s physician promised to try convincing the President to stick to an exercise routine and a personalized diet to help him get back on track. According to the medic, Mr. Trump told him he would like to shed some pounds, too.
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