Eyes Settle, Once Again, on Christie's Weight

Obesity a challenge for governor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2012 1:44 AM CDT
Updated Aug 29, 2012 2:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – GOP conventioneers might have been transfixed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's hard-hitting speech last night, but there was something else they couldn't help noticing: He seemed larger than ever. The portly politician has said in the past he needs to do something about his weight, but he's apparently losing the battle. It's not only a health problem for the governor. Fat can also be a career-ender for politicians because the public doesn't tend to favor overweight leaders. Even several Newser readers attacked the 50-year-old governor by focusing on his weight following his speech last night.

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Christie is far bigger than any other major politician in recent years, and, if he were ever elected president as supporters would like, he'd be the heaviest commander-in-chief in 100 years, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Times speculates that the public may be in the mood for a change, and finally willing to swap (in Christie's words) a "big, fat rear end" for the endless parade of tanned, toned politicians we've grown used to. But the 5-foot-11 governor has packed on even more weight in recent months, raising even more concerns about his health and longevity, an important consideration for a national leader. Last year Christie had to be rushed to an emergency room for treatment of his asthma, a condition often exacerbated by weight. (Read more Republican National Convention stories.)

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