Nancy Pelosi: Donald Trump ‘morbidly obese,’ shouldn’t take hydroxychloroquine
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to President Trump as “morbidly obese” during an appearance Monday night on CNN.
Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, made the remark in an appearance on “Anderson Cooper 360” during which she was asked about Mr. Trump’s taking the drug hydroxychloroquine, which he’d revealed earlier in the day.
She said taking that drug was not a good idea for the president because of his “age group” and his “weight group,” which she described as “morbidly obese.”
The 80-year-old speaker, who is second in the presidential succession line behind Vice President Mike Pence, said she would “rather the president not to take something not approved by the scientists.”
To be considered “morbidly obese,” a person would have to be 100 pounds over his ideal body weight and have a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more if he also has obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes of high blood pressure.
Those conditions would not seem to apply to Mr. Trump.
His body-mass index, according to a 2019 medical examination, is 30.4, which is considered “obese,” but not morbidly so.