Famously overweight New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was hospitalized Thursday morning after having trouble breathing. When his EKG, blood work and chest X-ray came back normal, doctors at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., diagnosed an asthma attack.
The rising Republican star has spoken often about his struggles with his weight, even telling CNN talk show host Piers Morgan that he felt "guilty" about it, the Los Angeles Times reported. He has also talked publicly about living with asthma. The subject comes up often when he's stumping about healthcare. According to the Wall Street Journal, the fiscal conservative cites the cost of his asthma medication when expounding on the "generosity of the state health care plan."
It's unknown whether the governor ever talks about the two conditions together. But researchers have been delving into the link between obesity and asthma for years. The two conditions do seem to be connected.
In 2010, the journal Allergy published a study that looked at 4,500 men and women. Twelve percent of the obese subjects had asthma, while just 6% of the subjects who were normal-weight did. (Overall, 8% of the study participants had asthma.) According to a Reuters report, study subjects' likelihood of asthma rose with their body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement.