Donald Trump's Eating Habits Spark Significant Concerns

Donald Trump's Eating Habits Spark Significant Concerns

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Donald Trump's eating habits and exercise regimen (or lack thereof) have left many health professionals concerned.

In an August 2016 profile on the future president's eating habits published in the New York Times, this particular observation sticks out:

In an era of gourmet dining and obsession with healthy ingredients, Mr. Trump is a throwback to an earlier, more carefree time in American eating, when nobody bothered to ask whether the tomatoes were locally grown, and the first lady certainly didn’t have a vegetable garden, complete with a bee hive, on the South Lawn of the White House.

In contrast to former Presidents Barack Obama (who kept a strict diet) and George W. Bush (who enjoyed hiking and worked hard to keep himself trim), Trump has extolled the ease of eating fast food, as when he spoke to Anderson Cooper about eating McDonald's meals:

A ‘fish delight,’ sometimes, right? The Big Macs are great. The Quarter Pounder. It’s great stuff.

Some of the lowdown of Trump's habits, according to Axios's "Trump 101" series:

  1. Trump loves eating red meat––"big steaks" in particular. His butler told reporters that he likes his steaks so well done that they're practically a "rock on his plate."
  2. A former aide admitted never seeing Trump eat fruit or nuts. He enjoys snacking on Lay's Potato Chips and vanilla-flavored Keebler Vienna Fingers.
  3. Trump isn't a drinker, but he can't resist virgin Bloody Marys.
  4. Trump "blends food with his politics," as when he stopped eating Oreos after the company moved its plants to Mexico.
  5. He doesn't drink caffeine, but he loves Diet Coke.
  6. He doesn't sleep much, if at all, typically averaging four hours a night. (Experts say that the majority of people need seven to nine hours of sleep, though about 1% of the population is able to get by on four to six hours.)
  7. He does not work out. At most, Trump will enjoy a round of golf and, even then, he'll travel by cart. He believes in "genetic gifts," believing himself largely unchanged since the mid-1980s.

At a Dr. Oz interview, Trump admitted that he doesn't exercise and gave his height and weight as 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds. This gives him a BMI of 29.5 and puts him in the "overweight" category.

He's not the only president to have an unhealthy diet, but at 70 years old, he is the oldest person to assume the executive office. That, in itself, could take a toll.

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H/T: Business Insider, New York Times, CNBC

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