Obama tells reporters: No lectures about cholesterol
U.S. President Barack Obama has been advised by his doctors to watch a borderline-high cholesterol level but that didn’t stop him from sitting down to a lunch of fried chicken on Tuesday.
While visiting Savannah, Georgia to pitch his “cash for caulkers” tax credit proposal, Obama surprised the lunch crowd at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room by stopping in with his entourage of press, staff and security.
As platters of chicken and sweet potatoes were brought to the table, Obama admonished reporters: “I don’t want any lectures about my cholesterol today.”
“And don’t tell Michelle what I’m eating,” he added.
The 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound Obama works out every day and generally favors health foods like grilled fish and vegetables. But in a development he blamed on his 2008 presidential campaign, his cholesterol levels have risen.
A routine medical exam on Sunday showed he had an overall cholesterol level of 209, slightly above the normal level of 200. Obama’s level of LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, was 138 and his doctor has recommended that he try to reduce that to 130 through changes in his diet.
Records from a 2007 exam showed Obama’s overall cholesterol level then was 173.
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Photo Credit: Reuters/ Larry Downing (Obama is served fried chicken as he visit Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah, Georgia)