On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the president of the United States in a peaceful transition of power. The past eight years under President Barack Obama have been rocky at times, but whether you liked him or support his successor or not, his term has finally come to an end and the era of President Trump has officially begun.
Ideologically, these two presidents couldn’t be more different, but their dissimilarities don’t stop at their political beliefs — they carry over to their dietary preferences. Through the Affordable Care Act, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, and the White House garden, Obama and former First Lady Michelle encouraged Americans to pay more attention to their diets. Obama eats a variety of vegetables from the White House garden (or, well, he used to), along with fruits, nuts, salmon, and just the occasional cheeseburger. According to his last physical, Obama is 6 feet tall, weighs 175 pounds, and is in excellent overall health.
Trump’s diet, however, is more reflective of the way the general American public eats. He has proudly articulated a love of fast food, especially McDonald’s, KFC, and Wendy’s, because he proclaims that these foods are guaranteed to be safe from any contaminants. (He has been conspicuously silent about Chipotle.) Trump also has a strange obsession with calories and carbs. He’s been known to scrape off and eat the cheese and other toppings from his pizza and ignore the dough (how very un-New York of him), and he drinks a lot of Diet Coke. A letter from his personal physician shows that Trump is on the border of being overweight and obese, but, despite this, his physician said “he would be the healthiest person ever elected president.”
Here are the eating habits of Presidents Obama and Trump, compared.