Is It Probably Unhealthy to Be a Big, Fat, Fatso Like Chris Christie?

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Believe it or not, the drama between a Scottsdale doctor and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is still ongoing.

Earlier this week, former White House doctor and current Scottsdale resident Connie Mariano gave her medical opinion on Christie, and wouldn't ya know -- the medical community tends to believe being a gigantic fatso is unhealthy.

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-Chris Christie Mad at Scottsdale Doctor Who Claims Being a Big, Fat, Fatso Is Unhealthy

Christie got a little heated about Mariano saying on CNN that she's "worr[ied] about this man dying in office" -- which Christie later told reports his son saw on TV.

"She should probably be the surgeon general of the United States, I suspect because she must be a genius," Christie said. "This is just another hack who wants five minutes on TV."

(The actual Surgeon General's "Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity" can be found here.)

Mariano gave the perfect response to Bloomberg, pointing out that you don't have to be a doctor to notice that he's a fatso.

After that, Mariano then told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Christie actually called her, and in her description of that phone call, said "the words 'gracious' and 'appreciative' do not come to mind."

Who are you siding with here?

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Rebel_Diaz
Rebel_Diaz

"Fatso" Republicans like Chris "Fat Boy" Christie thinks it okay to be racist and sexist. Yet, they get offended when you mock them back. Just how hypocritical is that?

tanrazz
tanrazz

Your poor choice of words in your headline and throughout the piece are more offensive than Christie's weight, and you bring The New Times down a level. If you had a valid point to make or wanted any thoughtful consideration, you screwed it up with enough readers to count.

deathtojack
deathtojack

It is clear that the young Mr. Hendley is a bully just trying to get people to listen to him by making fun of someone else. He is a sad sorry little man and I would be happy to tell that to his face.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Hey Hendley - so I guess I've got my answer from yesterday.  It is still politically correct to refer to an overweight or obese person as a "gigantic fatso." Even though we've rejected using terms like "retard" to refer to the developmentally disabled or "fag" to refer to a gay person, its still OK in professional journalism to refer to an overweight person using a 5th grade playground slur.  I'd think a professional journalist like yourself would be above that and think phrases like "gigantic fatso" is beneath their journalistic ability and integrity, but hey, it's your call - you're the professional.  I guess I shouldn't expect anything more from someone who still thinks it funny to make fun of the mug shots of people who are mentally ill and being provoked by their jailers like Marty Atencio was. 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Looks like someone threw water on Livefyre and put it out..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

she should have used Steven Seagals weight issues to stress her point on obesity. (oops..........actually its his acting skills that are hurting him, isnt it?)

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

It's probably just me, but when a person appears to have a neck than is bigger than their face I have to wonder if maybe they are in excess of their optimal weight.

Christie could easily have said, "I appreciate that Dr. Mariano is concerned for my health as a potential presidential candidate. I will consult with my personal physician and follow any advice from that professional".

End of matter.

But, he didn't.

He chose to use his mouth to throw his weight (substantial) around. Like a fourth grade bully typically does on the playground.

Presidential? I don't think so.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public  obesity is a sad thing. I had a couple real good friends that suffered from it, it will shorten your life and pose risks. but you are right, it shouldnt be made fun of........Seagal on the other hand? have at it. but Christies kid didnt need to hear someone on TV saying his father was on an express trip to the grave, nor did he need to hear it put that way

deathtojack
deathtojack

@Tommy_Collins It is interesting that you bring up the Gov. being a "fourth grade bully" seeing as the writer of this story persists in being a bully by throwing around Fatso. You are correct that the Gov. should have used his big boy words, but this Doctor had no reason to talk about a man's medical condition whom she has never seen personally in a medical fashion  She was looking to get her 15 minutes and she achieved her goal.

deathtojack
deathtojack

@danzigsdaddy @JohnQ.Public Yeah I heard about that yesterday on the news. How sad is it that this little kid had to hear that his Dad was going to die on national TV. The Governor needs to loose weight, I need to loose weight but this hack should not have opened her mouth on TV. And the writer of this article needs to apologize for being a bully.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@deathtojack @Tommy_Collins Don't forget, she has a new book to sell and, what do you know, she's found a way to generate herself some publicity for her new book.  Don't think for a minute that her comments are anything more or less than an effort to sell her book for her own personal profit at Christie's expense. 

And it seems to me like she was the bully in this one because she started the name calling first - Christie just responded and refused to back down or be intimidated.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@eric.nelson745 @danzigsdaddy @deathtojack I think that Christie is a hypocrit - against Obama until his state needed some help then he became the biggest kiss ass around.  All for smaller government and no safety net until....his state needed a safety net.  He's also quite crass and can come across like a real asshole.  He may be less offensive than Governors like Perry or Walker, but I don't like Christie's politics and would have a lot of trouble supporting him for any office.  But I also don't think we elevate the discourse by calling him names.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public your last sentence is wrong. that SOB has enough balls to keep this country in brass for decades. he reminds me of Reagan or John Wayne. i think the guy is great. it aint just Jersey tough

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@danzigsdaddy @deathtojack I think that he is plenty tough, which is why this is an issue.  Instead of just taking her asinine comments he pushed back on national TV and called her out.  If he had just brushed it off without comment we wouldn't be here talking about it.  He doesn't lack for Jersey toughness.

deathtojack
deathtojack

@danzigsdaddy @deathtojack Oh I agree he is in the public eye and he is going to need to toughen up on this issue. I also like him and I really like your last statement.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@deathtojack dont get me wrong here, but, Christie needs to toughen up a bit. he does have weight issues and is in the public eye and is a controversial person, so he should expect it. THAT BEING SAID, i actually like him and support him for many reasons. he is a guy who has proven he is there for the people. he has crossed party lines and offended both sides to do what needs to be done. we cant take back what his kid heard, but maybe someone can point out to his kid what he IS doing with the life he has left instead of telling him how little life he has left.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@Tommy_Collins  I was mistaken.  Her book was released in June 2010 but I hadn't heard of it until this little spat occurred so I thought it was more recent.  I thought that she was on CNN promoting her book but now I don't know why she was getting airtime.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@JohnQ.Public Both comments have validity. I wasn't aware of her book and possible motivation for marketing it. Interesting. Jack, I don't think the governor represented himself well, honestly. He could have handled it so much better. Yes, I think the use of term 'fatso' by Mr. Hendley was unnecessary, but headlines prompt readers, yes? Also, Jack, I'm interested that you inferred a medical conditon from her comments about his weight. In that context alone it makes think that the doctor is not the only observer who thinks he might be overweight.

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