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Monday, November 29, 2004

President Bush is Officially Overweight

Yes, it is hard to believe but according to the standards of the National Institutes of Health the President of the United States is considered officially overweight. President Bush is 6 feet tall and weighs 194 pounds. His body mass index, or B.M.I., a measurement of height relative to weight, is 26.3, and 25 or above is officially overweight for both sexes.

A person with an index over 30 is classified as obese under this system. The BMI guidelines are established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The body mass index formula is:
BMI = [weight in pounds/(height in inches)^2] x 703

In fact almost half of American presidents have been overweight based on the BMI.

President...years in office....height........weight(lbs)...BMI
James Madison...1809-17....5 feet 4 inches....99.......17.0
Andrew Jackson..1829-37....6 feet 1 inch.....144.......19.0
Abraham Lincoln 1861-65....6 feet 4 inches...178.......21.7
John F. Kennedy 1961-63....6 feet 0 inches...167.......22.6
Ulysses S. Grant 1869-77...5 feet 8.5 ins....156.......23.3
Richard M. Nixon 1969-74...5 feet 11.5 ins...174.......23.9
Millard Filmore 1850-53....5 feet 9 inches...164.......24.2
George Washington 1789-97..6 feet 2 inches...199.......25.5
George W. Bush..2001-......6 feet 0 inches...194.......26.3
Bill Clinton...1993-2001...6 feet 2.5 ins....223.......28.3
Chester A. Arthur 1881-85..6 feet 2 inches...224.......28.7
Theodore Roosevelt 1901-09 5 feet 10 inches..210.......30.2
William Howard Taft 1909-13 6 feet 0 inches..312.......42.3

Tell the Truth: Does This Index Make Me Look Fat? [NY Times]

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