"Not much can be said about Taft's health without saying a great deal about his size"
Taft was 5 feet 11.5 inches tall
He weighed 243 pounds when he graduated from college
and, by all accounts, carried it well. By age 48, when he had been Secretary of War for two
years, he weighed 320 pounds
Under the guidance of English physician
N. E. Yorke-Davies,
he lost 70 pounds over the next year and a half
But two years after that, he was once again over 300 pounds
He weighed 335-340 pounds when he left the White House [see photo
]. He then lost weight rapidly, dropping to 270 in a year and a half. The summer before he
died, he weighed 244 pounds, just one pound more than his college weight. Details and graphs
are available on the Apneos web site
and in reference
Taft was big almost from birth. It's clear, however, that he had an enormous appetite.
Taft's size impressed some people, but often made him the butt of jokes
Note: Judged solely by body mass index, a 5-foot 11-inch person weighing more than 290 pounds
is severely obese.
The web has much information about Taft's body size, a great deal
of it stemming from an unfortunate error-filled article in a medical journal in 2013
that Dr. Zebra took pains to refute
Taft was not
6-feet 2-inches tall and there is no record he ever weighed
more than 340 pounts.