Inside Ivana Trump’s health battles, from battling obesity to ‘scaring’ Donald’s hospitalization

IVANA Trump addressed several health issues before her death, from battling the obesity epidemic to “scaring” ex-husband Donald Trump’s hospitalization.

In 2018, Ivana teamed up with food guru Gianluca Mech, known as “Italy’s Richard Simmons”, to tackle the problem of obesity in the United States.


Ivana Trump sought to tackle the obesity epidemic in the United States before her deathCredit: Getty
Her husband, former President Donald Trump, has also come under fire from Ivana, who said she has a thing for fast food.


Her husband, former President Donald Trump, has also come under fire from Ivana, who said she has a thing for fast food.Credit: Splash

Mech launched the “Italiano Diet”, which included a line of pastas, pizzas and cookies specially formulated to be low in carbs and high in fiber.

He and Ivana toured American cities where the majority of the population was overweight to speak in hospitals and community centers about healthy eating.

“The obesity rate in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and together with my dear friend Gianluca Mech, we will be introducing the ‘Italiano Diet’ to Americans from coast to coast,” Ivana said in a statement to the ‘era.

“We need to tackle this now because it is getting worse, especially among young people who need to learn how to eat and exercise properly so they can live long and healthy lives.”

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Although very passionate about fighting, Ivana told the New York Post at the time that she had never wrestled with her own weight.

“I’ve always been very disciplined – I haven’t gained weight in my entire life,” she said.

But everyone has their guilty pleasures and Ivana was no different, appearing in commercials for Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken in the past.

Ivana even said she would “dream” of eating KFC.

“I have it once a year, and I’ll have it and I won’t eat anything for two days,” she said.

Even her ex-husband, former President Trump, couldn’t escape Ivana’s lectures about his fast food habits.

“I can tell him 100 times, but he still does whatever he wants,” she said, adding that she’s seen Trump’s weight creeping up on him over the years.

However, Ivana said her ex is still in good shape.

“He looks very, very good and is very healthy – his only weakness is the Big Mac, what can I tell you?” she says.


However, Ivana had harsh words for Trump in 2020 after he and his current wife, former first lady Melania Trump, tested positive for Covid-19.

“He was negligent,” she told People.

“He didn’t think that would happen to him.”

Ivana said the news was “a bit shocking” that Trump contracted the virus because he is “the cleanest, healthiest person”.

“Not the healthiest with food, but very healthy otherwise – always wash your hands and always be careful,” she added, again stating that her “only weakness is food.”

Despite the couple’s tumultuous marriage, which ended in divorce in 1992 after Trump’s public affair with model Marla Maples, Ivana was still worried about her ex’s health.

“I’m scared,” she said of her hospitalization for Covid.

“I’m going to be scared until he heals and is okay.”


The New York Fire Department told the US Sun on Thursday it responded to Ivana’s Manhattan apartment on the Upper East Side at 12:39 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a person in cardiac arrest.

Ivana was pronounced dead upon arrival, the NYPD told the US Sun, with police adding they did not consider her death suspicious and it appears she died of natural causes.

The Trump family released a statement confirming his death: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Ivana Trump.

“Our mother was an incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, a caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor.

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“She fled communism and embraced this country. She taught her children courage and tenacity, compassion and determination.

“She will be sadly missed by her mother, her three children and her ten grandchildren.”

Ivana and Donald Trump were married from 1977 to 1992


Ivana and Donald Trump were married from 1977 to 1992Credit: Getty
Ivana has traveled to several US states to give talks on healthy eating


Ivana has traveled to several US states to give talks on healthy eatingCredit: AP

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