Trump is certainly not William Howard Taft, who had a BMI of 44.8, thanks to his 6-feet, 330-pound physique. But Trump’s also not Barack Obama, who looks great in those Hawaii vacation shots; Gerald Ford, a legendary college athlete; Teddy Roosevelt, who once rode 98 miles on horseback during a winter storm; Ronald Reagan, who was also an athlete in his younger days; and both George Bushes, who worked out more than Trump even works.
Should Americans care? Of course, because history shows us that people who make outlandish claims like, “I’m the healthiest person in the history of the world,” can’t possibly live up to that. People who don’t even make the claim always fall short: Many experts think Teddy Roosevelt was bipolar, Reagan’s second term was tainted by early Alzheimers, George W. Bush once fell off a Segway and his own bike; and Ford’s clumsiness became a national (albeit unfair) joke.
And Taft lived to be 72.
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