How healthy should the US president be?

Clinton and Trump’s health has come into question, as election race gets heated up

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs up as she boards her campaign plane in White Plains, New York, United States September 15, 2016, to resume her campaign schedule following a bout with pneumonia. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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With Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis and Republican Donald Trump’s BMI at 29.5 - just shy of the ‘obese’ category - health has suddenly vaulted to prominence in the race between the oldest pair of US presidential nominees in history.

However, a majority eight of ten Gulf News poll respondents said they were not concerned about Trump and Clinton’s health.

The idea of presidential candidates, or sitting presidents, disclosing their health history is relatively new. There is no law mandating disclosure.

Even as Trump took a shot at Clinton’s health problems at a rally in Ohio on Wednesday, questioning whether she would be able to “stand up here” on the podium for long hours, his issues with his weight are raising eyebrows. With no inclination to exercise or manage his diet, if Trump continues at the current rate, he is at risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

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