Donald Trump has his first medical exam as US president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.
Results of past presidential physicals have included basic data like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as examinations of the President’s vitamin levels and a screening for age-related diseases. However, Trump’s examination will not include a psychiatric exam, a White House spokesman said this week.
There is no set template for the presidential exam. Past presidents are not known to have been tested for mental acuity while in office – including Ronald Reagan, who five years after leaving the White House was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
There is also a long history of the White House picking and choosing what to reveal about the Commander-in-Chief’s health, however ˙health professionals have raised a series of “big red flags” about Trump’s lifestyle that could potentially lead to a range of debilitating health conditions.
The pressures of the Presidential office were enough to make Barack Obama (who was 42 when he took office) grey-haired within a couple of years, but his last medical in 2016 revealed “excellent” health due to “an adherence to a healthy diet and a consistent exercise program”.
Trump is a different story altogether – a 71-year-old who reportedly binges daily on fast food and doesn’t exercise.
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Despite his unhealthy lifestyle, a letter purportedly written by Trump’s previous doctor and published in the run up to the 2016 election stated he “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”.
The document was later called into doubt for a number of reasons, as reported by NBC News at the time.
The letter also contained a number of terms that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from Trump’s own Twitter account, rather than the calm and clinical tones of a medical professional, including:
In a book published last year, former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, claimed Trump’s preferred evening meal consisted of two Big Macs, two Filet-o-Fish sandwiches and a chocolate milkshake.
Nutritionist Fiona Hunter told …