Aside from earning a perfect score on his cognitive test during his first formal medical exam as president, Donald Trump also stepped on a scale.
He weighed in at 239 pounds and is 6 feet 3 inches tall, according to the physician, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson. But some people are questioning the measurements, saying they might have been doctored in favor of portraying a trimmer, taller commander-in-chief. Critics point to the fact that Trump’s listed height and weight barely keeps him under the threshold for being classified as obese.
If he weighed one more pound, his body mass index would be 30 — and elevate him on the BMI from overweight to obese.
For a comparison close to Kansas City, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is listed at 6-3 and 230 pounds. Royals catcher Salvador Perez is 6-3, 240.
Questioning Trump’s reported weight has even spawned the #GirtherMovement on Twitter — a reference to Trump claiming former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and questioning the legitimacy of his birth certificate. That conspiracy theory became known as the birther movement and was repeatedly debunked.
New York Magazine wrote that while it’s possible Trump’s numbers were fudged, “it’s more likely that Trump actually weighs 239 pounds, and comparing him to the 239-pound bodies of professional athletes is just skewing perceptions. Muscle, as the saying goes, weighs more than fat.”
The magazine also pointed out that in 2012, Trump was listed as an inch shorter.
James Gunn, the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” has offered $100,000 to a charity of Trump’s choice if the president steps “on an accurate scale with an impartial medical professional.”
Here are some of the tweets that are fueling the #GirtherMovement.
Trump’s height was also questioned in comparisons with Obama and Alex Rodriguez.