The American College of Sports Medicine is warning that Donald Trump’s claims about his health are not “proven” and should not be taken as definitive.
The college’s executive director, Jeffrey Anderson, says the president’s “personal physicians are well-versed in medical conditions and have a clear understanding of the potential health risks of exercise and physical activity.
But as president of the American Medical Association, he is also the sole administrator of the AMA, and his decisions should be respected and evaluated by the entire medical community.”
Anderson said the AMA has made clear to Trump that its position is that his medical assertions are unsupported and that he should not seek the AMA’s endorsement for the 2020 presidential campaign.
The College of Family Physicians of America (CFPPA), a group of more than 1,200 medical organizations, issued a statement Thursday saying that the president and his advisers should not have their beliefs about health and fitness for office based on the “misinformation and misinformation disseminated by the president, his advisors and his surrogates.”
“Given the seriousness of these issues, we believe that it is important to inform our members about the importance of exercise, healthy living, and the importance and value of a healthy lifestyle,” the statement said.
The statement noted that exercise is a key factor in reducing the risk of certain cancers, including prostate, colon, breast and cervical cancers, and that it may protect against some forms of cancer.
It said that, “given the President’s fitness for the office, it is also important that he fully assess the medical evidence and take appropriate action when he finds evidence that the fitness and lifestyle changes he claims to support are not supported by the medical data or the scientific evidence.”
In a statement issued Thursday, the president said he was “saddened” by the allegations.
“It is not a surprise that a president with so little experience in medical science would be so ill-informed,” the president wrote.
“If the President were to be diagnosed with something, it would be the first time in my life that I have ever been diagnosed with cancer.
I am not going to allow my health to be used against me.”
The statement from the CFPPA also urged the president to “cease the use of the term ‘healthy lifestyle.'”
“There is no doubt that the President is highly educated, and there is no question that he is highly motivated,” the CSPA statement said, adding that the American Cancer Society (ACS) has a strong advocacy program for cancer survivors and is “committed to promoting the best medical care available.”
In addition to the CPPA, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of America, the medical organization that includes the American Academy of Family Medicine, the American College and Preventive Medicine, said in a statement that the association is “deeply concerned by the President and his statements regarding his fitness for president.”
“We are disappointed by these claims,” the organization said.
“While we are not able to fully assess all of the medical and scientific evidence, our hope is that the medical community will continue to provide the public with sound advice on managing and managing cancer.
We are also concerned that the current administration has no plan to adequately address these serious issues.”