Obama fights off high cholesterol with stroll to White House
Barack Obama does not appear pleased that his cholesterol is borderline high.
The lanky U.S. president, who carries 180 pounds on a 6-foot-1-inch frame, got the word on Sunday that he needed to reduce his “bad” cholesterol levels from 138 to 130 through changes in his diet.
So the basketball-buff took a walk — from a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce back to the White House, a short distance away.
Joking with reporters who asked about his health while he strolled, Obama said he needed to work off “some of that cholesterol,” a problem he seemed to blame on his diet during the 2008 presidential campaign.
“That’s a year of campaigning right there,” he said.
Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said dessert options at the White House were the real culprit.
“I think he would be also the first to tell you that he has probably had a few more cheeseburgers and I think he would admittedly tell you he’s had more desserts in the last year than I’ve seen him eat prior to this,” Gibbs told reporters.
“Those guys make good desserts over there and I think he’s on more than one occasion sampled more than he needed to,” Gibbs said, referring to White House chefs.
Diet was not on the agenda at the Chamber of Commerce, where Obama joined General Colin Powell, a Republican who endorsed Obama’s candidacy in 2008, and wife Alma Powell for an event to combat high drop-out rates in U.S. high schools.
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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama walks to White House), Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Michelle Obama talks with White House chefs)