Chris Christie’s Weight IS An Issue – A Big Fat Health Issue

Posted on October 2, 2011

Google “Governor Christie weight” and you will pull up the majority press opinion:  It is irrelevant.  What?  Has America been deaf to Michele Obama’s quest to educate us all about the dangers of being overweight?  And wouldn’t this be an Achilles heel for Christie were he to run – he’s a bad example.

But the key argument against his running and in which we the voters have a stake:  it could kill him.  Part of why John McCain could not make it to the finish line in 2008 was, in  fact, his age.  People then looked more closely at his relatively unknown running mate Vice-President.  We do not breathe the words “death” and “candidate” in the same breath.  But the bottom line in the health corral is who can ride the bull the longest.

Even Governor Christie spoke to the health issue following a hospitalization for asthma – exacerbated by weight:

As he left the hospital, Christie acknowledged the connection. He described himself as “relatively healthy by all objective indicators,” but added that “if I weighed less, I’d be healthier.

“The weight exacerbates everything,” he said.

And it does. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity puts people at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, certain types of cancer, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and gallbladder and liver disease. [Washington Post]

Were Christie to run, his weight would become a major issue and detract from what the country needs to know about his qualifications.  But wait – his health is a qualification.

In SamHenry’s view, if you really like and support Chris Christy, don’t call for him to run this time around.  Let him work on his weight problem.  It could save his life and as a father of 4, his family needs to be thought of as well.

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