First, let me go on the record as saying I am in no way a Chris Christie fan. While he might not be a radical right-wing tea party Republican, and I can respect him for not selling out (at least not yet), the fact of the matter is—he’s still a Republican.
That being said, I’m absolutely appalled at people attacking the man’s weight.
Yes, he’s a bigger guy. But don’t give me this fake “concern” that his size puts his health at risk, therefore somehow disqualifies him from trying to become President of the United States.
It’s true, obesity can lead to health problems and those health problems could possibly lead to an earlier death. But you know what? Fit and healthy Americans drop dead every day.
“Appearance of health” is in no way any indicator of the ability for someone to be President of the United States.
If you had met my old roommate, you would have thought he was the pinnacle of health. He was about 5’9, 155, six pack, size 32 waist—but he was probably the most unhealthy individual I have ever met. The guy drank at least 6-8 beers every night, smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, dipped Copenhagen, ate nothing but junk food and fried foods. Almost nothing he did was healthy.
But if you looked at him, and didn’t know him, you’d probably think he was the epitome of healthy living.
So when I see these disgusting comments directed towards Chris Christie because of his weight, I don’t see concern for his health. What I see is a continued problem in this country of weight discrimination.
Chris Christie is overweight, and that bothers some people. So instead of publicly saying what they feel privately—they mask their disdain for his appearance in some fake “concern” over the status of his health.
Not to mention the fact that Christie has acknowledged he’s overweight and has taken steps to improve his health — including getting lap-band surgery last February. He’s reportedly already halfway to his goal for total weight loss. It’s a big step for someone to take, and shows he’s taking things seriously.
If you want to attack Chris Christie, trust me, there are plenty of policies he’s passed and supported that people could use against him all day. If you want to say he isn’t someone who should be President of the United States, that’s perfectly fine. Hell, I’d agree with you.
But don’t sit there and tell me that because he’s overweight, somehow that disqualifies him from becoming president.
These attacks are completely disgusting and I’m embarrassed that I’ve seen many so-called “enlightened liberals” being the ones to use such deplorable tactics.
If people want to attack Governor Christie, go right ahead — I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say against the man in the coming months myself. However, those perpetuating this idea that his weight somehow should preclude him from being taken seriously as a presidential candidate should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.