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Molly Rubin | Quartz | January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

These Are Donald Trump’s Unorthodox Views On Diet and Exercise

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In 2015, during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s personal doctor, Harold Bornstein, declared that “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

That bold proclamation will be put to the test today when Trump, the oldest person ever elected president, has his first medical checkup as president at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The White House physician who also examined and treated Barack Obama will oversee the physical and give the post-exam readout.

The doctor might have something to say about Trump’s atypical views on diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

Trump’s diet

Trump on exercise

Trump’s day to day

The physical comes amid growing questions from critics (and some allies) about the president’s physical and mental health. In December, observers wondered if Trump’s speech was slurred when he acknowledged Jerusalem as the Israel’s capital. And after Fire and Furyquoted White House officials questioning the president’s mental capacity, Trump took to Twitter to defend himself as a “very stable genius” who was “like, really smart.”

Despite the focus on his mental state, the checkup won’t include a psychiatric exam; the White House wouldn’t confirm if the president would undergo additional cognitive testing for impairment or dementia. (Trump’s father, Fred, developed Alzheimer’s disease in his 80s, so a test wouldn’t be out of the question).

The president is a private citizen, so only he has the authority to decide what information will be made public. However, the White House has hinted it will keep in line with the medical disclosures of previous administrations, likely mentioning the president’s height, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol level.