Is Gov. Chris Christie too obese to be President of the United States? While Obama dealt with smoking, the New Jersey governor would have to slim down to keep pace. But perhaps he's the "biggest loser" if he does not run.
Christie would not be the most overweight president in office. The 27th president was William Howard Taft. He reportedly tipped the scales at 300 lbs. Back then, that was probably okay in the eyes of Americans. However, today there is mounting pressure to slim down, be fit and trim, and lose weight. It's the "thin is in" craze.
He's even the center of jokes with comedians. On David Letterman, the host had a blast with Chris Christie's weight. He refers to him as the "tubby guy" and "fat boy."
He even says, the Republicans would have "tons of fun" should Christie enter the GOP race, citing an ABC News report.
The fact of the matter is, obesity is a large part of the government's burden in terms of subsidies for health care. Fats jokes are one thing, but more serious things like heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions lessen a person's life span when they are clearly overweight.
Dr. David L. Katz from Yale University had this to say: "Left unaddressed, his weight may take years from his life. But it's even more likely to take life from his years."
Voters must consider whether the Commander-In-Chief is a good fit for Gov. Chris Christie. Face it, the role of the president takes one all over the world. The schedules are grueling, the pace fast, and the stress on the body is high. Look at Obama in 2008 compared to the present. Notice something different? He's aged a bit, and has a head full of gray hair as proof.
On the contrary, obesity is not a death sentence for all people. In fact, some people still live complete lives.
Dr. Carl Lavie, a cardiac expert said, "Many obese [people] have very productive personal and business lives." He also says that voters should not ignore this reality when casting their vote for president in the 2012 elections.
Still, obesity is a rising public health concern. Not only is it causing healthcare costs to rise, people are dying prematurely from something that is largely preventable.
"I think it's important that the issue be approached similarly to any other medical condition," said another cardiac expert.
In the end, Gov. Chris Christie must weigh his choices carefully, and make radical changes first with himself before he accepts the task of changing the world.
Weigh in (no pun intended). Do you think he should enter the crowded field of Republican candidates that are challenging the incumbent president?