New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can't seem to escape continuing scrutiny about his possible plans to run for president in 2012--or from continuing scrutiny of his size. Following recent public commentary on Christie's weight and how that may affect his chances should he run, the Obesity Society just issued a "Position on Recent Criticism of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie."
That's right--now he has a formidable and highly respected organization in his corner, and they'd like everyone to back off.
"The Obesity Society takes no position on Governor Christie's political philosophy or record in office," the statement reads. "We do take the strongest exception, however, to assumptions about his suitability for office based on his weight.
"A person's body weight provides no indication of an indivdual's character, credentials, talents, leadership, or contributions to society. To suggest that Governor Christie's body weight discounts and discredits his ability to be an effective political candidate is inappropriate, unjust and wrong."
The Maryland-based Obesity Society, a nonprofit scientific group committed to studying obesity, went on to say that we shouldn't be fooled into thinking that slimness is always equated with good health: "A lean body does not reveal whether or not a person smokes cigarettes, drinks excessive alcohol, eats a balanced diet, exercises regularly, or wears a seat belt. To single out a political candidate on the basis of body weight is discriminatory." Indeed, some studies have shown that you can be fit and fat.