Should Gov. Chris Christie Lose Weight?
LARGER-than-life NJ Governor Chris Christie ate a donut on David Letterman (which was hilarious BTW) and it’s been a news story since a former White House physician said she was worried he might die in office.
Because it’s no secret that Christie is eyeing the White House.
And the biggest controversy it seems, at least on the national scale, isn’t his political ideology–-it’s his physique.
Can a fat man be President?
Yes, we’ve had a few.
Should a fat man be President?
Note: The discussion here isn’t even about politics as much as it is about being obese and in charge. In other words, can someone be fat and an effective leader at the same time?
First, as a fellow fat guy, I have to say that I empathize with the man
I’m not a NJ resident—and I know very little about his policies and the effects that they’ve had on NJ citizens.
But I know this:
- Chris Christie has struggled with weight his whole life | Check
- Being a governor has got to be stressful—-there’s a correlation between stress and poor food choices
- Being “too busy” is a popular excuse for not taking better care of yourself
Should Governor Christie Lose his excess weight?
Yes, I think so. Here’s why:
- The most important reason: morbid obesity is unhealthy
- He has a platform now, he could use it to be a role model for the 1/3 of us Americans who are fat. Right now, you’re just reminding us to make excuses.
- The visual connection between politics and obesity is never good
- Silence the critics so the debate can be about actual policy and not physique.
- Highest office = highest level of scrutiny over personal health. You can’t have that much power without being held to a higher standard. That’s why President Obama quit smoking.
You don’t have to be fit to be a leader. Those of us taking charge to pursue health, while still obese, are leaders in a very important way.
And we are pursuing better health because of the responsibilities we have:
To take care of ourselves and those we care about.
To set good examples for our families.
To make the most of this one life we have.
To prevent future problems within our present control.
Chris Christie can be a leader without shedding a pound. So could you or I.
But what kind of leader/husband/son/friend/role model/boss/mentor could we be if we pursued our best selves for the sake of both ourselves and those who look to us?
What do you think?