Lifestyle Obesity

Do You Have To Be Thin To Run For Office?

I love politics, but if you know me then you know why I don’t discuss it on my blog. That being said, I’d like to talk about a politician for a moment. His name is Chris Christie.

He is running for governor across the river, in New Jersey. And his opponent, John Corzine, has been busy attacking him over the last few days. But his attacks are not about education or taxes or the environment…they’re about Mr. Christie’s weight.

I find it appalling that John Corzine would attack his opponent in such a personal and insulting way, but that’s politics, right? And though I would prefer to see Governor Corzine attack Mr. Christie regarding actual political issues, he has chosen to bring his weight to the table.

Mr. Christie is morbidly obese – like me, but does that mean he can’t be an effective governor? Does it mean he can’t set the kind of example he should set as the man leading that state?

You probably already know my stance, but let me be clear anyway. Chris Christie’s weight will not impede his ability to fulfill his duties as governor.

We all have personal struggles, and perhaps weight is a struggle for Mr. Christie. But maybe it’s not at the top of his agenda. Maybe he is comfortable with himself and confident that he could be good for the state of New Jersey.

I understand that obesity is an epidemic, and I am doing what I can to make myself a healthier person because I want to be healthy and fit. And because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life being criticized by strangers in my personal and/or professional life.

I don’t talk about work on my blog…ever. But believe me, I know how hard it is to be fat while working as a professional. I know what it’s like NOT to fit the profile of others in my field, but I also know that I am very good at what I do – even at my present weight. And for these reasons, I can be sure that Chris Christie will do his job, regardless of his size.

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    Chrissy MacCEO
    October 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    This is a brilliant post. I am so disappointed that something like weight is being used against him. I am disappointed.

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    Connie Weiss
    October 29, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I can't believe that! How rude!

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    October 30, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I believe that just the fact that the man running againist him is putting him down. This man is not worth the office he is seeking. Will he not fight the overweight for whatever reason. Is all the people on his campaign slim? Will the overweight not have a say, will our opinion not count; will he even be listening to us; or just pretending? This man is petty and doesn't deserve a my vote and I don't even live close by.Vote for the one who can make a difference in everyones life, not just to make himself look good. The Bible says" Be ye kind one to another tenderhearted forgiving one another even as God for Christ sake has forgiven you. I am sure Mr. Christie will realize he is a much better man. Keep you eye on the goal to help others not matter what their status or size or beliefs. Joan in Lousiana.

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    October 30, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Absolutely, weight or color, male of female, handicapt shouldn't matter. What matter's if you can do the job!

    By the way, I've read recently that your favourite movie is Hairspray. Yesterday it was on TV here and I haven't seen it before. I loved it, what a feel good movie!

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    October 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Hi babe- Just checkin in on your blog. 🙂 It's interesting to me that someone would choose such a sensitive subject to attack knowing that so many americans are facing this same issue day in and day out. What is this politician's real motive here? Surely he isn't that stupid. There has to be more behind this issue than what is being portrayed on the surface- I'm going to have to look into this because I'm finding it fascinating. Anyway- thanks for another great post!

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