Fast-food fan Trump in ‘very good health’

■ He is tee­to­taler, doesn’t smoke, but likes a seden­tary life­style

Deccan Chronicle - - World -

Wash­ing­ton, Feb. 9: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who de­lights in con­found­ing health ex­perts with his junk food crav­ings and dis­in­cli­na­tion to ex­er­cise, is “in very good health,” his doc­tor de­clared on Fri­day fol­low­ing an an­nual med­i­cal checkup.

“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,” chief physi­cian Sean Con­ley said in a me­moran­dum re­leased by the White House.

The Ma­rine One he­li­copter re­turned the 72-yearold head of state to the White House from the Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­ter in the Wash­ing­ton sub­urb of Bethesda after a full four hours of prod­ding, pok­ing and test­ing.

Dressed in a long dark over­coat, Trump gave a thumb's up, but did not re­spond to re­porters' ques­tions about how he was feel­ing.

It re­mained un­clear how many of the test re­sults would even­tu­ally be made pub­lic.

Last year, ev­ery­thing from the pres­i­dent's choles­terol lev­els (high) to weight (too high at 239 pounds, or 108 kilo­grams) was re­leased.

Trump's then chief physi­cian, Ronny Jack­son – who has since run into trou­ble over al­leged eth­i­cal mis­con­duct – also held an un­usu­ally de­tailed press con­fer­ence in which he de­clared Trump to be in “ex­cel­lent health.”

On the plus side, Trump doesn't smoke and is a noted tee­to­taler. He says he's never even had a beer. Less good: the for­mer real es­tate ty­coon and re­al­ity TV per­former unashamedly em­braces the couch potato life.

Not for Trump the bas­ket­ball ses­sions that Barack Obama sweated through in the White House, or the bike rides of Ge­orge W. Bush.

Trump loves the more se­date game of golf, but rides a cart be­tween holes and has said that any­thing more stren­u­ous is ac­tu­ally bad for your health.

“All my friends who work out all the time, they're go­ing for knee re­place­ments, hip re­place­ments -- they're a dis­as­ter,” Trump told The New York Times in 2015.

Trump has de­scribed his chief ex­er­cise as walk­ing around the White House com­pound and stand­ing up at pub­lic events.

The 45th pres­i­dent's diet, re­port­edly in­volv­ing leg­endary amounts of Coke and red meat, also seems to defy most doc­tors' or­ders.

In Jan­uary, Trump hosted the strap­ping ath­letes of Amer­ica's cham­pion col­lege foot­ball team, the Clem­son Tigers, with a moun­tain of ham­burg­ers and piz­zas.

Ac­cord­ing to Jack­son last year, Trump's se­cret is genes.

“In­cred­i­bly good genes,” he said. “It's just the way God made him.”

–AFP

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at White House after his an­nual phys­i­cal.

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