The Big Lub
Legend has it President William Howard Taft once got stuck in a White House bathtub and that servants had to use butter to pry him out. Although this has never been confirmed, it was well known that our 27th U.S. president was quite overweight and undoubtedly America’s biggest leader. William Taft’s presidential campaign was very successful with the guidance and advocacy of Theodore Roosevelt, taking office on March 4, 1909. During his inauguration in 1909, Taft weighed in at “around 354 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame…”(Hellmich1) and was called the “Big Lub” during his college years. As successful as his campaign was, Taft’s presidential term was not as easy going in which he ...view middle of the document...
Furthermore, Taft took on horseback riding as his main activity and became the first president to play golf as a pastime. The president’s main issue with Yorke-Davis’s diet regiment was the diet itself, but he did quite well following his exercise advice.
Preciously noted the President’s diet regiment was strict and exact. Mr. President began with a tumbler of hot lemon water which was to be sipped slowly at 8 a.m. Breakfast at 9 a.m. included unsweetened tea or coffee, two or three gluten biscuits, and 6 ounces of lean grilled meat. According to Alexandra Sifferlin, Nathaniel Yorke-Davis gave Taft very strict dietary order by lunch and dinner.:
Lunch: 4 ounces of lean meat, 4 ounces of cooked green vegetables without butter, 3 ounces of baked or stewed unsweetened fruit, 1 gluten biscuit, and 1 of the recommended “sugarless” wines. Afternoon cup of tea, coffee, or beef tea without milk or sugar advised.
Dinner: clear soup, 4 ounces of fish, 5 ounces of meat, 8 ounces of vegetables, and 4 ounces of stewed fruit. Plain salad and 2 gluten biscuits, if desired. A list of vegetables and condiments were recommended for variation. (2-3)
Overall the President was able to reduce his calorie consumption from 3,600 calories to about 2,100 calories with the help of Nathaniel Yorke-Davis’s guidance. Moreover William Taft was able to lose about 60 pounds after doing the diet for six months. Even with great success Taft began to have some more weight struggles.
In spite of his success in losing weight in the first few months, William Taft began to gradually gain weight again. He became increasingly uninterested in the his...