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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Eating himself to death, or just wishful thinking

By Tim Abel 

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We’ve all heard the stories of Donald Trump preferring a well-done steak with ketchup and shunning any new delicacies, despite living a lifestyle that offers him all the luxuries one could ever desire.

However, it’s not just that the President has terrible gastronomical taste, a new memoir suggests that his diet is one of several poor lifestyle choices that could very well shorten his life.

According to an excerpt from Let Trump be Trump, an upcoming book by Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and aide David Bossie, we get to enter the inner circle where the President of the United States having a 2,400-calory McDonald’s dinner is par for the course. 

“Trump’s appetite seems to know no bounds when it comes to McDonald’s, with a dinner order consisting of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted,” is just one of the claims made in the book.

To put that meal in perspective, Trump’s dinner contains 3,400 grams of sodium, despite the American Heart Foundation recommending just 1,500 grams per day, plus enough white bread to last most people a week.
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Remember, this is just one meal, but it only gets worse.

“On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke,” the authors write about traveling with Trump during the early days of his presidency, but there may be a valid reason for it.

Trump is also a renowned germaphobe who allegedly won’t eat from a package that has already been opened, which would also explain the plane’s cupboards being “stacked with Vienna Fingers, potato chips, pretzels, and many packages of Oreos.”

Those well-done steaks make a little more sense now, as well. 

But a little bit of bacteria is probably the least of the President’s worries.

This is a 71-year-old man who gets next to no exercise (it’s hard to include his golf when he barely even walks while playing), gets very little sleep, and is constantly throwing tantrums.

So add in that diet and you have the perfect recipe for a heart attack.

The diet alone, especially the snacks, is almost an open-invite for diabetes, too.

What makes this frightening for the rest of us is that this is a man who is currently responsible for a nuclear standoff with North Korea, as well as dealing with rapidly warming oceans and an ever-increasing tax bill.

If he has this lack of concern for his own wellbeing, then what does it say of his risk-assessment abilities?

Author Tim Abel is a former English teacher from Australia who currently lives in Singapore and spends a lot of time traveling the world for his wife’s work. Besides covering political news for Addicting Info, he also writes his own blog,