New Jersey Governor Chris Christie loudly advertised his sense of denial about his weight. He mocked himself by eating a doughnut on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and boasted that he is “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen.” He said Clinton-era White House physician Connie Mariano should “shut up” when she openly worried that he might have a heart attack. To some extent, he was fighting back against those who consider a person’s weight an appropriate topic for small talk — it’s not — but he was also mocking the whole notion of obesity as a life-threatening illness.
But credit Christie, who turned 50 last year, for finally hearing his doctor’s message that “my luck is going to run out,” and realizing that he wanted to be around to enjoy his children. He disclosed to the New York Post this week that he secretly underwent surgery in February to have a band placed around his stomach to restrict the amount of food he can eat.