It’s no secret that Donald Trump has a fetish for Kentucky Fried Chicken and other fast foods. And if you’ve seen him on his Florida golf course sans suit jacket and long tie, it’s apparent he has a weight problem.
But despite those optics, longtime presidential physician, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, recently listed the 71-year-old president is in good health, both, um, cognitively, and physically. Trump, who is 6-feet-3-inches, weighed in at 239 pounds, really?
“Adding to some online observers’ skepticism that Trump’s measurements were accurate was the fact that 239 pounds, at 6-3, conveniently put his body mass index at 29.9 — just below the 30.0 threshold for him to be officially described as obese, rather than merely overweight,” The Washington Post wrote.
The internet had questions, comparing his weigh-in to those of famous athletes.
To be fair, the athletes have more sculpted muscles than Trump. And The Post noted that Jackson set goals for the president to lose 10 to 15 pounds through diet and exercise, saying, “He’s more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both.”
In fact, we all know that if Trump were Black, he would be labeled obese, and therefore unfit for office. His weight would be the subject of congressional hearings, with leaders calling for him to step down, citing health reasons.
Still, heaven knows that the Black community needs help when it comes to obesity, with African-American adults being nearly 1.5 times as likely to be obese compared with White adults.
“Inequities in a range of factors — income, stable and affordable housing, access to quality education and others — all influence a person’s chance to live a longer, healthier life,” according to The State of Obesity: A Special Report On Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Obesity. “These inequities and disparate access to affordable, healthy food or safe places to be physically active, contribute to higher rates of obesity and related illnesses in Black communities.”
So what’s Trump’s excuse?