Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Comments on Weight and Clothes

Jan. 3, 1952 Diary Entry by Harry Truman

    My good doctor is all the time trying to cut my weight down. Of course he's right and I should weight 170 pounds. Now I weigh 175. What's five pounds between my doctor and me?

    When I went into World War I, I weighed 145 pounds. After two years service I weighed 155. While I was in the Senate I was ten pounds heavier--165.

    When I moved into the White House I went up to 185. I've now hit an average of 175. I walked two miles most every morning at a hundred and twenty eight steps a minute, I eat no bread, but one piece of toast at breakfast, no butter, no sugar, no sweets. Usually have fruit, one egg, a strip of bacon and half a glass of skimmed milk for breakfast, liver & bacon or sweet breads or ham or fish and spinach and another non fattening vegetable for lunch with fruit for dessert.

    For dinner I have a fruit cup, steak, a couple of non fattening vegetables and an ice, orange, pineapple or raspberry for dinner. So - I maintain my waistline and can wear suits bought in 1935!

    There has been a lot written about my clothes. Since I was twenty, I have worn suits made for me by my tailor! When I was in the Senate I was picked as one of the ten best dressed Senators. That was so after I became President. But--the dirty press, represented by Luce, Knight, Hearst and Roy Howard, decided that they couldn't hurt the President by dressing him as he should be, so this character assassination gang started to undress me! They went to the opposite extreme and said I was the worst dressed man in the United States! They lied one time or the other. (They lied both times--I'm neither the best or the worst dressed man.)