The President of the United States has the toughest job on the planet. As Commander in Chief of the world’s most powerful military, head of their political party, and leader of the free world the President’s schedule fills up pretty fast.

On any given day, the President can be forced to make life and death decisions at 3 am. Plans and schedules quickly change in moments of crisis, so there is no “usual day” for the President. Every day yields new challenges, opportunities, and threats. If they’re lucky, the President will get about 6 hours of sleep every day.

Balancing the complexities of foreign policy with the gridlock of domestic affairs means the President must remain razor-sharp at all times. Harry Truman had 12 “assistants to the president.” Now there are more than 100 people who have a similar title just to manage the White House.

The role of the President is only growing, and it’s daunting tasks have a big effect on a President’s health in 8 years.

Just take a look at a few before and after photos:

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People certainly age over 8 years, but the stress of their work has an unquestionable effect on presidents. It has been said that presidents age at roughly twice the normal age while they occupy the Oval Office.

Dr. Michael Roizen studied the medical records of every president since Theodore Roosevelt and made the claim that presidents age twice as fast.

“The main cause is what we call unrequited stress – they don’t have enough friends to mitigate the stress,” he told CNN. “The major way most of us handle stress is through a number of techniques, but the most prominent way is to discuss it with friends.”

Being the leader of the free world is a daunting task, and it’s important the U.S. President is ready to face the challenges.

 

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