For those of you who have been following politics recently, you’ll know that there have been several debates involving the Republican Party. Some of these debates have been quite intense, and it appears that this is going to be a hard-fought election.
Importantly, many people, at some point, have criticized each of the Republican candidates and ultimately, it doesn’t seem like the Republican Party is truly satisfied with and supportive of one particular candidate.
As such, they have, quite discreetly, inquired into whether other individuals may be interested in running for the Presidency. One of those individuals was Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey. Chris Christie is a very popular figure within the Republican Party, and popular in the State of New Jersey. After much speculation, Chris Christie announced that he would not be running for President of the United States.
Significantly, however, during these days of speculation, there was much discussion about Chris Christie’s weight. It is common knowledge that he is substantially overweight, and he acknowledges this when asked by the media.
However, the emphasis on Chris Christie’s weight was so significant that it became unfair. It became hurtful. It became unwarranted. It became precisely that which is wrong when the discussion of weight and body image get discussed in our society.
Yes, Chris Christie has a problem with his weight. However, it is a private one. It is personal and should be kept that way. It is one thing to have an informed discussion on this issue, but the amount of coverage — and some of the inconsiderate statements that were made — were wrong. For those who are struggling with weight issues, it is a very difficult battle. It’s not as simple as just “eating less and moving more.” A person often has a psychological and emotional dependence on food.
Of course, Chris Christie may have none of these problems but, at the very least, his weight struggles should not be a central and sustained focus of the media. Leave the issue alone. Let Chris Christie confront this problem in his private life, and let his policy decisions be addressed in his public life.
Remember, comments made by the media relating to weight don’t just affect those to whom they are directed — they affect all those who are watching. So be careful — it’s not just Chris Christie that is the subject of your commentary. The article below discusses this issue.