A PUBLIC VOICE FOR A PRIVATE TORMENT
Struggling with obesity can be a very lonely business and too many souls in the midst of this difficult struggle tend to isolate themselves, which only adds to the problem rather than alleviating it. When a public figure struggles with the same issues and talks openly about it and what steps they are taking to implement necessary change in their lives it is of inestimable help to those who have no public voice for this private torment.
After some very public and humiliating remarks before and after the New Jersey race for Governor in 2009, although Chris Christie came out the winner in the race for Governor, like anyone dealing with the public problem of obesity, he obviously decided it was time to take more serious steps to gain control over his weight and his overall health. In an interview with The New Yorker May 7, 2013 he broke the news that in recognizing his need for help in gaining a decisive victory over his obesity, which has been comedian fodder since he first became a political public figure, and aware of the benefits not only in terms of weight control but general health and longevity, Governor Christie revealed he underwent Lap Band Bariatric Surgery in February of this year. “I’m doing it for my long-term health,” Christie said at a Newark news conference. “This is about being healthier for the rest of your life.” Studies have shown that weight loss lowers risks and severity of many attendant health issues, such as hypertension and diabetes and can add an average of 6 years to those who undergo surgery and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Click here to read more about “Adding 6 More Years”
Lap Band is one of several types of surgeries referred to as Bariatric Surgery. In particular, this surgery entails a band being placed around the top of the stomach creating a smaller stomach. Those who have Lap Band surgery performed feel full after eating very little at each sitting, assisting them in significant weight loss, especially when done in harmony with an exercise program. Bariatric Surgeries are for those who have tried other weight loss programs and therapies without success and who have a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher. Lap Band was also the surgery chosen by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan in 2010 and he was one of those Governor Christie consulted prior to choosing this procedure for himself. Also in 2010, the most recent year numbers are available for, about 160,000 people underwent some type of weight loss surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Here is a link to the TIME write up, if you care to read more. All credits and right given to the TIME and author Bonnie Rochman.
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