Appearing on CNN, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that it’s “not a good idea” for President Trump to be taking hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for coronavirus.
Pelosi also sparked controversy by referring to Trump as “morbidly obese.”
“He’s our president, and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and his, shall we say, weight group … morbidly obese, they say,” she said.
Per USAToday, though Trump is obese, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standard, Pelosi is incorrect in labeling him “morbidly obese.”
After last year’s physical, the 6-foot-3-inch Trump weighed in at 243 pounds. According to the CDC, that gives him a body mass index of 30.4, which is just over the threshold for what the public health organization labels “obese.”
The CDC defines three levels of obesity. The highest level, Class 3, is sometimes called “morbid” or “severe” obesity,” but that requires a BMI of 40 or greater.
The FDA warning regarding hydroxychloroquine does not say obese people are at greater risk from the drug’s potentially fatal side effects. It says patients with “health issues such as heart and kidney disease are likely to be at increased risk of these heart problems.”
Trump, 73, does not suffer from any existing heart condition, according to the results of his physical, though he does have a history of high cholesterol, for which he takes medication.