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Presidential BMI

Which U.S. President was the "fattest" based on their Body-Mass-Index (BMI)? To calculate BMI, a person's weight in kilograms is divided by the square of their height in meters.

Consider these "Top 10 Fattest" Presidents, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)
  • James Buchanan (1857-1861)
  • George W. Bush (2001-2009)
  • Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)
  • Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
  • Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
  • William McKinley (1897-1901)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
  • William H. Taft (1909-1913)
  • Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)
Task 1: Order these Presidents according to their BMI. The following BMI values in order may help:

No. 1: BMI of 45.4
No. 2: BMI of 34.6
No. 3: BMI of 31.1
No. 4/5: BMI of 30.2 (two Presidents)
No. 6: BMI of 28.7
No. 7: BMI of 28.3
No. 8: BMI of 27.7
No. 9: BMI of 26.9
No. 10: BMI of 26.8

Task 2: Calculate the BMI for President Obama.

Note: A BMI greater than 25 implies a person is overweight, while a BMI greater than 30 implies the person is clinically obese.

Source: Adapted from R. Ash's Top 10 of Everything: 2008