Christie: Ex-White House doctor who warned he might die because of his weight should 'shut up'

  • Article by: BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 8:07 AM
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litprofFeb. 6, 13 2:43 PM

Overweight and asthma. Two of the three fastest growing maladies today. Luckily he doesn't, maybe, have number three-- autism.

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millelacs70Feb. 6, 13 3:10 PM

Personally I think Christie would be a good candidate but if I were a Republican I would have second thoughts of voting for him because of his weight.

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goldensjFeb. 6, 13 4:49 PM

Second thoughts of voting for someone because of their weight? What's next on the list of deciding factors, choice of life-partner or spouse, coloring used to keep hair looking a certain way? Maybe we should just decide by whether or not the words "Made in America" are stamped on the groud by the sole of his shoes--the imprint should be easy to read with all of the pressure his feet apply...Personally, I think that weight or personal appearance are the kinds of deciding factors that create decisions wrought with problems.

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brianstrFeb. 6, 13 5:00 PM

That's one heckuva doctor that can diagnose somebody's mortality simply by looking at them. There are plenty of reasons to not vote for Christie, but his weight isn't one of them.

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millelacs70Feb. 6, 13 5:02 PM

"What's next on the list of deciding factors, choice of life-partner or spouse, coloring used to keep hair looking a certain way?" Actually the only significant issue for me would be the risk of stroke or heart attack for a Commander in Chief who is this severely overweight during a time of national crisis.

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radagastFeb. 6, 13 5:05 PM

Weight is a legitimate factor when choosing a president. The presidency is the most stressful job in the world - just look how presidents age after only 4 years. They carry a heavy burden of responsibility; they don't need to also carry the heavy physical burden of all that fat. You can't be as heavy as Christie without putting serious stress on your cardiovascular system, and if he doesn't lose weight, he will, without doubt, develop type 2 diabetes. His doctor is right, his luck will run out before much longer. I wouldn't vote for a 300+ pounder for president. I speak from experience, I weighed that much a few years ago (low-carb was the fix for me), and I know what it does to your system. It isn't good.

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windigolakeFeb. 6, 13 5:44 PM

brianstr: "That's one heckuva doctor that can diagnose somebody's mortality simply by looking at them." Like all those MD's in Congress who diagnosed Terri Schaivo by looking at her on tape!

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sausageFeb. 6, 13 5:51 PM

Ordinarily I would say "If you can't stand the heat, get your head our of the refrigerator". But since I won't, I will say that if this guy wants to run for office, then be aware of the concerns of his constituents. No voter wants to support a candidate that is a walking medical condition.

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roadtoruinFeb. 6, 13 6:25 PM

I wonder if this same ex-White House Doctor ever warned VP Biden that being stupid could be dangerous to his health? Based on Clueless Joe's actions, I'd have to say no.

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brotherkennyFeb. 6, 13 6:29 PM

People who hold in their opinions sometime suffer from higher stress. I don't think Christie has that problem. So, one of his habits is healthy. If you actually believe people are free(not just say you do), then you have to acknowledge that some people will make bad choices, but perhaps enjoy themselves more than most. The idea that we have a responsibility to the rest of society is a nice dream, but typically it's just a ploy to make you more productive for the benefit of a few who receive the greater portions of the overall society production. He has no responsibility to run for president, nor would he be likely to win. He may be the governor that new jersey needs and wants. What is wrong with having the job you can do well?

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