Has President Trump Lowered The Bar For America’s Health?
President Trump's recent physical may have lowered the bar on what Americans thought "excellent health" was, giving Americans the "ok" to strive for less when it comes to their health.
Like many health-minded Americans, as I heard president’s physical health being announced last week, I cringed. Dr. Ronny Jackson unsuccessfully attempted to convince the public that our American President, Donald J. Trump, who is one pound shy of obesity and on cholesterol-lowering medication, is in “excellent” physical condition. In one fell swoop, Dr. Jackson lowered the bar for America’s health.
Lowering the Bar For America’s Health
What Dr. Jackson effectively said was “Your President’s health is considered excellent, even if his cholesterol is high and he is fat."
Anyone who was working hard on the treadmill at the gym to regain their health has likely felt vindicated by this announcement and stepped off the treadmill, never to return to the gym again.
Generally, statistics for overall American health are pretty dim. Today, more than 35% of adults and about 17% of children are obese. As of 2012, no state had an obesity prevalence less than 20%. It is also worth noting that low-income individuals are more likely to be obese and 1 in 7 low-income, preschool-aged children are obese. Alarmingly, 25.8 million Americans suffer from diabetes.
With overall health statistics for obesity and illness in America being what they are, could those of us who work so diligently to be active, manage. our stress, get adequate rest and eat organic believe that the President is the perfect picture of health?
Dr. Jackson went on to say that President Trump has great genes. Yes, he went there.
"It's called genetics," Jackson said. "Some people have just great genes. I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years he might live to be 200 years old."
Obesity Is Costly
For a president that has no interest in maintaining affordable health care to a nation that is ailing, his own health assessment should be an alarming example of why American’s require health care. Obesity-related illness, including chronic disease, disability, and death, is estimated to carry an annual cost of $190.2 billion. Projections estimate that by 2018, obesity will cost the U.S. 21 percent of our total healthcare costs - $344 billion annually.
What it means to be Healthy
According to new research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. less than 3 percent of Americans meet the basic qualifications for a “healthy lifestyle.”
The researchers defined a “healthy lifestyle” as one that met four qualifications:
- Being sufficiently active
- Eating a healthy diet
- Being a nonsmoker
- Having a recommended body fat percentage (under 20 percent (for men) or 30 percent (for women)
Results from the study showed difficulty in subjects meeting all four of the qualifications for good health. The study concluded that although multiple healthy lifestyle characteristics are important, specific health characteristics may be more important for particular cardiovascular disease risk factors.
We Are Not Convinced
While President Trump is a non-smoker and a non-drinker, which are two positive aspects of health that work in his favor, his low activity level, poor diet and body fat percentage make him a poor example of health for the American people. That being said, Jackson has suggested the President lose 10 to 15 pounds. Reportedly President Trump will be working with White House cooks to cut calories and attempt to get some low-impact exercise.
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