Internet Raises Eyebrow at Trump's Height, Weight
And the term 'girther' is born
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2018 7:42 AM CST
In this Dec. 29, 2017, file photo, President Trump smiles as he meets with members of the U.S. Coast Guard.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – That President Trump requested and aced a cognitive exam as part of his first physical as president isn't the detail that's being pored over by the internet. That honor goes to Navy doctor Ronny Jackson's detailing of Trump's height and weight, which Jackson reports as 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, with a goal of dropping 10 to 15 pounds. The Week reports that rumblings quickly began regarding the veracity of those figures, with MSNBC's Chris Hayes inventing a term to describe the skeptical: "Has anyone coined 'girther' for those who belive [sic] the president weighs more than his doctor reports?" he tweeted Tuesday.

  • At Slate, Dr. Jeremy Samuel Faust describes the stats overall as unexceptional, but takes exception with what the height and weight produce: body mass index, or BMI. Trump's is 29.9, which Faust notes is a slim 0.1 units—and just one pound—outside the obese category. Faust suggests Trump could have fasted prior to weighing in to help keep himself in the overweight zone, but he doesn't have the same plausible theory when it comes to height. He says Trump has been saying he's 6' 3" for decades—but most adults shrink an inch over that span.

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