Concerns have been raised about President Trump’s health. Some have noted his troubling diet and exercise habits. There is concern that if he doesn’t make some lifestyle improvements, he might not be around very long. Among those concerned are Greg Valliere, chief global strategist at Horizon Investments. In his Capitol Notes newsletter, he shared what he knew about Trump’s health status.
Here are seven scary facts about our president’s health.
1. He eats a lot of fast food
It has been reported Trump’s diet isn’t the healthiest. According to Time, during White House dinners, Trump gets an extra plate of sauce with his chicken. During dessert, he eats two scoops of ice cream with chocolate cream pie (his guests get one scoop).
The president is also a big fan of McDonald’s. Politico reported Trump would have someone order him Egg McMuffins for breakfast and two Quarter Pounders with large fries for lunch. Trump also sang the praises of Burger King and KFC during a CNN Republican presidential town hall meeting.
2. He only sleeps 4 hours a night
Trump stated on The O’Reilly Factor he gets just four to five hours of sleep. The 71-year-old told former host Bill O’Reilly he works up until 12 a.m. or 1 a.m., only to wake up at 5 a.m. to do it all over again.
Sleep deprivation can worsen existing health conditions or even contribute to their development. Harvard Medical School’s sleep division found some of the results of not getting enough sleep include poor immunity, decreased heart health, high blood pressure, and even diabetes. Sleep deprivation can also shorten your lifespan.
3. He doesn’t exercise
Although Trump is an avid golfer, insiders (among them an executive who worked for Trump in Atlantic City) note the president doesn’t do much else for physical activity, according to Politico. He heavily depends on golf carts, which limits some of the physical benefits of golfing. It has been reported Trump also uses golf carts when he’s not playing golf. USA Today revealed the Secret Service has spent approximately $60,000 in golf rentals so far this year.
4. He’s overweight
During an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, Trump was found to be 6 feet 3 inches tall and 236 pounds. Dr. Oz said this would make the president borderline obese, with a body mass index close to 30. It’s no surprise Trump is overweight considering his diet and lack of exercise. Being obese can lead to complications such as high cholesterol, mental illness (such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders), stroke, coronary heart disease, and raise one’s risk of premature death, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Obesity also reduces productivity. The CDC reports each year as much as $6.38 billion ($132 per obese person) is lost due to obesity-related absenteeism.
5. He takes a statin
Donald Trump might also have elevated cholesterol levels. Following a physical examination last year, Trump revealed he takes a statin, which is a drug that lowers cholesterol. Considering Trump’s diet of fried chicken, Quarter Pounders, fries, and Egg McMuffins, this is also not too much of a surprise. Hopefully, the drug he is taking helps.
When cholesterol levels get out of hand, this could increase one’s risk of heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.
6. He’s under a lot of stress
Being president of the United States is a stressful job, which adds to Trump’s already concerning health profile. Dr. Anupam Jena, a Harvard Medical School healthcare policy professor, notes stress can shorten one’s lifespan. In Jena’s study on the mortality rates of politicians, it was found their life expectancy was 2.7 years shorter than the runner-up. In addition, world leaders have a 23% greater risk of premature death.
7. He doesn’t eat fruit
Fruits and vegetables are a necessary part of a healthy diet. Adding these wonder foods can help reduce one’s chances of illness. However, it seems like Trump isn’t a fan of fruit, reports CNBC. Greg Valliere, chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, is quoted as saying a Secret Service agent told him the president has terrible eating habits and he has never seen him eat a piece of fruit.
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