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  •  How many Presidents have died in office? (2+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, kareylou

    How many Presidents have been obese?

    What's the overlap between those two categories?

    •  Causes of death change over time (2+ / 0-)
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      greengemini, PeteZerria

      William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after catching cold at his Inauguration, which wouldn't happen today. Warren G. Harding (1923) died of (probably) congestive heart failure. Franklin D. Roosevelt was ill for some time, and died of (apparently) a cerebral hemmorhage (stroke). The others who died in office were shot, so gun violence is by far the leading cause of death for Presidents.

      The most obese President was William Howard Taft, who went on to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.

      The job of President has also changed over time. It now requires extensive travel, grueling schedules, etc. etc.

      Given the medical stats on the toll that obesity takes, I think it is a relevant factor in whether a person will have the stamina to do the job as well as the risk of their dying in office. (I feel the same way about age -- not the only factor, but relevant.)

      •  The job of President has changed (0+ / 0-)

        but, as you point out, so has the availability of immediate medical treatment.

        I consider it massively unlikely that anyone who could handle the extensive travel and grueling schedules of a presidential campaign would not be healthy enough to handle the equivalent rigors of being President.

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