Reckoning time: Trump receives another medical check-up

Reckoning time: Trump receives another medical check-up


President Donald Trump has received his annual medical exam, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories.

Mr Trump spent more than four hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre for a check-up supervised by Dr Sean P Conley, his physician, and involving a panel of 11 specialists.

“I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” Dr Conley wrote afterwards.

He did not go into detail except to say Mr Trump did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anaesthesia.

He said reports and recommendations stemming from the exam were still being finalised. It is unclear how much more detail will be released in the coming days.

Last year, Mr Trump clocked in at 6ft 3in and 239 pounds (17st). He had a body mass index (BMI) of 29.9, putting him in the category of being overweight for his height. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

His doctor then said the president was in “excellent health” but would do well to drop 10 to 15 pounds and shift to a low-fat, low-carb diet and take up a more defined exercise routine.

One of the big questions on Friday was how well Mr Trump heeded that advice.

Mr Trump, 72, does not drink alcohol or smoke, but he is not a big fan of the gym either. His primary form of exercise is golf. And he says he gets plenty of walking in around the White House complex.

I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health

As for his diet, Mr Trump’s love of fast food remains.

Last month, he invited the college football champion Clemson Tigers to the White House during the partial government shutdown. With the White House kitchen too understaffed to cater a meal, Mr Trump stepped in: He ordered burgers, french fries and pizza.

Modern-day presidents have undergone regular exams to catch any potential problems but also to assure the public that they are fit for office, something Mr Trump’s doctor last year took to an extraordinary level.

After Mr Trump’s first exam as president, Dr Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, declared Mr Trump to be in “excellent health”. He also said of Mr Trump: “He has incredibly good genes, and it’s just the way God made him.”




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