It came out recently that New Jersey’s Gov. Christie elected to have weight loss surgery (WLS). For those of you who don’t know, Gov. Christie’s weight problems have plagued him ever since he took office. It came up during the last election, and every time his name is mentioned as a serious presidential candidate his weight becomes a major topic of discussion.
Whenever his weight is brought up, Gov. Christie claims that the idea that he needs to lose weight, especially for a political position, is absurd. He usually refers to the fact that all of the tests that he gets from his doctors are normal, and that he has no health concerns to speak of. Sometimes he will joke about his weight, while other times he will get extremely defensive. In fact, I don’t think he’s ever publicly announced his weight.
A few years back, he was actually asked if he wanted to have weight loss surgery and he responded by stating that he would not do something that risky. So when I read that he chose to have weight loss surgery a few months back, I was a little surprised.
He stated that the reason he chose to have weight loss surgery had nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election, but it had everything to do with his health and longevity. He just turned 50 years old and stated that recently his family has been prompting him to do something about his weight to ensure he is around for them as long as possible.
I think weight loss surgery is extremely risky for a number of reasons, and in the majority of cases it is unnecessary to take such drastic measures in order to gain control over your mind and body.
I’m sure that Gov. Christie wanted to do something that would make his weight a non-issue as quickly as possible, especially if he is considering running in the next presidential election. I do, however, think that the surgery was risky not only for his health but also for his political career.
Being obese carries with it the stigma of being lazy, undisciplined, and having no control over your physical appetites.
So, one known for having those characteristics can probably never be seen as a true leader, especially given the fact that the health of the president has been a major concern for the last two administrations (George W. Bush was a very healthy man and Barack Obama also seems to be a healthy man whose wife who is popularly interested in nutrition).
Even Bill Clinton, who wasn’t an extremely obese man, received a lot of negative attention in the press because of his fast food habits and his seemingly allergic response to exercise.
By choosing to have weight loss surgery, Christie may have opened himself up to all the stereotypes that are associated with people who have weight loss surgery. Many people accuse them of taking the easy way out, needing surgery to overcome physical appetites that many people in this country wrestle with and conquer daily. They are also seen as lacking discipline to the point that they needed medical intervention.
We all know how dirty politics can be, especially when the mudslinging begins to happen as an election draws near. Very rarely are the issues the main focus of the political cartoons, debates, and advertisements on the radio and television; but it usually comes down to personal attacks and things unrelated to politics.
Even if the Democrats don’t bring up the weight-loss surgery, and it never comes up in debates, I’m sure it will be the “talk of the town” whenever people are discussing Gov. Christie. I actually think there will be people who refuse to vote for him because they know he had weight-loss surgery and they feel as though he took the easy way out.
If you can’t exercise discipline and put in the hard work for something so serious and as close to home as his health, how can he be expected to put everything he has mentally and physically into running this country? That is a question that you may be forced to answer if he chooses to run in the 2016 election.
So in my opinion, although his weight-loss surgery may make him look better physically, it will probably cause many to look down upon him no matter how hard he works or how much discipline he shows to get this weight off.
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