The Fat of the Land

Dec 2015
15,900
14,797
Arizona
#1
Is Donald Trump the fattest President in 100 years? This is, in some ways, not an important question, and it’s cruel to shame people about their weight. Yet, Trump himself thinks it’s very important to judge people on the basis of weight, and he would clearly be infuriated to learn that everyone knows he’s the fattest President in 100 years, which might distract him from killing us all and ruining the world for a little while. So let’s investigate this.

According to his fake medical records, released by handing a grifter a piece of paper on a TV show, Trump is 6’3″ and weighs 236 pounds. This would give him a body mass index (BMI) of 29.5, just shy of the range considered obese (which starts at 30). Where would that place him among U.S. Presidents?
Well, it’s tough to get reliable data about weight for Presidents before about WWII, but we can be pretty certain that William Howard Taft was fatter; Wikipedia tactfully notes that “Taft is remembered as the heaviest president; he was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and his weight peaked at 335–340 pounds”. Taking the upper end of that estimate, Taft’s peak BMI would have been about 47.4, which would make him “very seriously obese” according to the Wikipedia BMI page. Trump is nowhere near that, so that gives us a clear limit—104 years ago, there was definitely a fatter President.

Bill Clinton used to be pretty HEFTY. In this New Republic article about his health habits, the highest weight they mention is 216 lbs, which, given his 6’2″ height, would indicate a peak BMI of 27.7—overweight, but still shy of Trump.

Lyndon Johnson is listed as weighing 200 lbs. But LBJ’s weight fluctuated a lot; he was naturally kind of paunchy but vain enough to diet constantly (and sometimes, apparently, to wear a girdle). One book puts his peak weight as high as 220 lbs; another as “more than 240”. LBJ is usually listed as 6’3.5″ tall (I suspect he was measured very carefully so Lincoln could keep the height record, at 6’4″), so with a weight of, say, 245 lbs, that would give him a maximum BMI of 30.2.

President Trump's doctor says he's in "very good health overall." But Trump has gained four pounds in the last year, tipping the president into the obese category.

The president underwent a four-hour physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week. A memo from the president's doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, listed Trump's weight as 243 pounds, up from 239 pounds last year. Trump's height is listed as 6'3", for a body mass index of 30.4. A BMI over 30 is considered obese.

Trump had narrowly avoided the obesity label last year. His physician at the time recommended the president try to lose at least 10 pounds through a combination of improved diet and exercise.

Dr. Ronny Jackson acknowledged last year that Trump had little interest in exercise, but there were reports for a time that the president was eating more salads. (with his burger?)

Donald Trump is the Fattest President in 100 Years
 
Apr 2013
37,107
25,315
La La Land North
#2
There is a lot of discussion on social media that this weight listed for his highness is "optimistic". This is the doctor that Trump tried to get to lead VA but the reaction was super-negative.
 
Likes: Clara007
Dec 2013
33,440
19,259
Beware of watermelons
#3
Is Donald Trump the fattest President in 100 years? This is, in some ways, not an important question, and it’s cruel to shame people about their weight. Yet, Trump himself thinks it’s very important to judge people on the basis of weight, and he would clearly be infuriated to learn that everyone knows he’s the fattest President in 100 years, which might distract him from killing us all and ruining the world for a little while. So let’s investigate this.

According to his fake medical records, released by handing a grifter a piece of paper on a TV show, Trump is 6’3″ and weighs 236 pounds. This would give him a body mass index (BMI) of 29.5, just shy of the range considered obese (which starts at 30). Where would that place him among U.S. Presidents?
Well, it’s tough to get reliable data about weight for Presidents before about WWII, but we can be pretty certain that William Howard Taft was fatter; Wikipedia tactfully notes that “Taft is remembered as the heaviest president; he was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and his weight peaked at 335–340 pounds”. Taking the upper end of that estimate, Taft’s peak BMI would have been about 47.4, which would make him “very seriously obese” according to the Wikipedia BMI page. Trump is nowhere near that, so that gives us a clear limit—104 years ago, there was definitely a fatter President.

Bill Clinton used to be pretty HEFTY. In this New Republic article about his health habits, the highest weight they mention is 216 lbs, which, given his 6’2″ height, would indicate a peak BMI of 27.7—overweight, but still shy of Trump.

Lyndon Johnson is listed as weighing 200 lbs. But LBJ’s weight fluctuated a lot; he was naturally kind of paunchy but vain enough to diet constantly (and sometimes, apparently, to wear a girdle). One book puts his peak weight as high as 220 lbs; another as “more than 240”. LBJ is usually listed as 6’3.5″ tall (I suspect he was measured very carefully so Lincoln could keep the height record, at 6’4″), so with a weight of, say, 245 lbs, that would give him a maximum BMI of 30.2.

President Trump's doctor says he's in "very good health overall." But Trump has gained four pounds in the last year, tipping the president into the obese category.

The president underwent a four-hour physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week. A memo from the president's doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, listed Trump's weight as 243 pounds, up from 239 pounds last year. Trump's height is listed as 6'3", for a body mass index of 30.4. A BMI over 30 is considered obese.

Trump had narrowly avoided the obesity label last year. His physician at the time recommended the president try to lose at least 10 pounds through a combination of improved diet and exercise.

Dr. Ronny Jackson acknowledged last year that Trump had little interest in exercise, but there were reports for a time that the president was eating more salads. (with his burger?)


I hope stuff like this becomes part of the presidential 2020 campaign
 

Similar Discussions