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Chris Christie's Weight: Can You Be Obese And Healthy?

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When former White House physician Dr. Connie Mariano expressed concern that Chris Christie's weight may make him unfit for office and could be a deciding factor in his potential presidential candidacy in 2016, the New Jersey Governor came out swinging.

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Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 7:18 pm
Noted , what does his doctor say ?

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:12 pm
"Former White House" physician. I really dislike seeing these doctors prostitute the medical profession with all of their pronouncements. How disgusting they are. So unprofessional.

tiffany t (142)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:12 pm
time will tell eh

John C (75)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:14 pm
It's not how much you weigh. It is how you live. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!
No matter how long he lives, He is a leader. What do YOU want?

lee e (114)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:56 pm
This shows a big problem in deiscipline - I'm not one to really point the finger, but I have managed to keep my weight down - I think discipline is really the intrinsic issue - and is a necessity of what one should expect of a leader.

Sara Williams (8)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 10:37 pm
You can be overweight and healthy - if - you are exercising regularly. But considering Christie's size....I sincerely doubt he's healthy.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 10:59 pm
Sorry, but a very unprofessional physician and a morbidly obese Christie both need to take stock.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:14 am
I think Christie did the right thing by blasting the doctor who shot off her mouth----------and I do believe that there are people that are overweight and still fairly healthy--------the real skinny people aren't so healthy either-----when the storm hit Christie's state------he did some walking and I didn't see him sitting too much so he is pretty active--------but the bottom line is, his weight, heavy or thin, is none of our business and I am with him when he said , SHUT UP.

TomCat S (129)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:53 am
The doctor was way out of line, but most Compressional Republicans could not be healthy, because the fat isa between the ears.

John B (185)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:59 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article. His weight his is problem not mine. It is his stance on political issues that I worry about. Read and noted.

Carol H (229)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:19 am
you can be healthy at that weight but not for very long. I would think the extra weight would strain the heart

Danuta W (1248)
Friday February 8, 2013, 7:16 am

Judith Hand (55)
Friday February 8, 2013, 7:45 am
I think that Gov. Cristie's response on Letterman was great. I also think that his retort to the CNN MD was perfect. Beyond that, yes, a fat person can be healthy. In the Governor's case, his blood sugar and cholesterol are normal. The rest he can take care of himself with his own physician. As for the Presidential race, he would not be the first large U.S. President.

Edvanir L (77)
Friday February 8, 2013, 8:00 am
Of course it's not possible! He may be well today, but sooner
or later there will be consequences. Furthermore, obesity is a huge problem in America. Does he intend to attack this eating donuts?
What kind of example is he given to American people?

Jane K (10)
Friday February 8, 2013, 9:06 am
I know it's not politically correct to be fat but leave the man alone. As all fat people do he knows he is fat and as he's said struggles with it every day. You know he's fat, he knows he's fat now move on.

cecily w (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 9:48 am
Or he could be hit by a bus while in office. GEEZ!

Esther Z (94)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:24 pm
Noted. Per the CDC "National Estimated Cost of Obesity:
The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering. In 2008 dollars, these costs totaled about $147 billion."
I'm assuming the statistics includes treatment of diseases caused or aggravated by obesity. So, I guess, the answer is a no, you really can't be healthy and be obese. We're not talking overweight, but being grossly overweight, which unfortunately, is where Chris Christie is at this point in time.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:13 pm
I doubt he is healthy.

Faye Swan (23)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:15 pm

. (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:16 pm
Grover Cleveland served 2 terms in the White House, Taft, one, Arthur, one. Cleveland and Taft were certainly heavier than Christie.
Does anyone know Christie's cholesterol levels. his blood pressure, his family history concerning weight? There is no question, he would be in a better health position if he lost 50 lbs.

Birgit W (160)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:20 pm

Chin T (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:46 pm
Is he really healthy ? Can one really be obese & be really healthy ? Can one be really healthy if he is overweight ? A person's can can carry double or even triple the number of passengers. A Ferry or boat can carry double or even triple the number of passenger. It is one's Decision. Everyone has a choice of his/ her own. You have urs too.

How long or how many years can one's heart can carry the strained LOADs ? It is one's choice too ? Yes.
Whatever u do , u have ur choice. So Whatever u want to say , u have ur choice too. U have a choice to be
an obese or keep fit. U decision , choice control ur health , ur eating habit, ur disciplines over healthy living.

Chris Christie's Weight ? If he likes to , he can have a 2nd , 3rd or even more physician's or even Specialists' opinions : it is his choice.
Out of ur Care or concern for ur loved ones or friend's healthy, u may want to discuss the matter with love. Thereafter, it is his / her choice or decision to agree or not.
The extra weight definitely would strain the heart. The overweight load in flying a plane , a double , triple load to ur car, boat , ferry may be a healthy act : it is the Choice / decision of a person who adopts it.
The overloaded plane may fly safely for many, many flights , months or may fly safely by even today, but will it fly safely tomorrow ? Sooner or later there will be consequences. U r the owner of the plane, u have the choice..... Oh , u may scream is None of others' business .... ?
Furthermore, is obesity is a huge problem ... ???
Physicians ...can one be really healthy and be obese ?
Final : The choice is truly YOURS..... YOURS..... YOURS.....always remember.....YOURS.....YOURS.....YOURS.....


donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday February 8, 2013, 5:42 pm
He's just as QUALIFIED, As any other are, wieght problem or NOT,it's the PEOPLE CHOICE to decide on Nov of 2016. My vote is STILL FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!!

Winn Adams (179)
Friday February 8, 2013, 6:56 pm
Doubt it. I hope he can loose some weight so that he can be or get more healthy and stay around to continue to be a good father and husband for as long as possible.

Linda H (199)
Friday February 8, 2013, 8:52 pm

Lloyd H (46)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:23 am
Mariano is an Imbecile. The good doctor should know that prescribing medication without personally examining a patient is not only illegal it is bad medicine and diagnosing a patient without personally examining and/or accessing their medical records borders on malfeasance. Take a close look and the drivel from the "Good" Doctor, increased risk, chance, perhaps, maybe to day may be never. statistics are valid ONLY for general prognosis of the general population not for diagnosis of the Individual. I would love to know just how Dr. Mariano's crystal ball of medicine accounts for the heart attacks and strokes of 'visually' perfectly fit and healthy athletes in high schools and colleges, all of whom having had their required physicals still dropped dead or required hospitalization. The Doctor, and I use the term loosely, does or should know that there are NO means of predicting who will actually get a stroke or heart attack or where or when, you can make a guess but the 'healthy' patient is just as likely to die before the 'unhealthy' patient as the reverse.

S S (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:23 pm
Thank you.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 1:01 pm
Noted. I heard the main reason he was so mad was because his kids saw it and asked him if he was going to die. So, I don't blame him one iota. I'd be mad, too. This doctor needs to mind her own business and her own patients, and should possibly worry about a libel suit. I saw Christie on Letterman, too...and he gets the jokes, but there's no reason for "attacks" like this.

Ro H (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 1:10 pm

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 1:43 pm
You really, literally, physically CANNOT be healthy AND obese. The damage of the extra heft on one's body is very taxing.

The heart, the size of your fist, is responsible for pumping blood to every millimeter of your body to sustain life. When you are obese, that alone, taxes one's heart enormously.

For every extra(excess) 5 lbs. carried on the body, translates to 20 lbs. more pressure on your knees.

I am sorry, Obese, by definition is unhealthy. No I am not, fato-phobic. I am simply stating fact.

Our bodies want to be at the right weight for who we are. Being obese doesn't fit anywhere within those parameters.

Anne Ortiz Talvaz (13)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 6:36 am
How on earth did Doc Flapping Lips remain a White House physician for so long?
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