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Since W retired, Sarah Palin drifted out of the spotlight and Mitt Romney quit campaigning—David Letterman has relied on the rotund governor of New Jersey for more jokes than ever. And the best I have ever seen was the “Top ten signs you’re too heavy to be president.”
The newly released national health rankings showed that the state of New Jersey jumped higher in the overall rankings than any other state. They jumped from the 17th healthiest state to the 8th healthiest—leapfrogging over nine states.
But guess what? NJ’s rates of diabetes and obesity both went up.
In other words, they didn’t improve at all; they just got worse more slowly than those other nine states. Obesity jumped in one year from 23.9% to 24.8% of the adult population. This is up from just under 10% in 1990.
That computes to a 250% increase in just 22 years.
Meanwhile, Governor Chris Christie is doing his part to keep those obesity levels rising in the Garden State. So much so, that he was featured last week on Letterman’s Top Ten List—with all the humor driven by his ample girth. So for your comic relief moment of the day, take it away Governor Christie….
Top Ten Signs You’re Too Heavy To Be President
10. Added two more engines to Air Force One – son of a bitch still won’t take off
9. At fundraising dinners, can’t stop eating long enough to give speech
8. Even Dick Cheney is worried about your health
7. Your lapel pin is a full-sized American flag
6. 1600 would be your street address as well as your weight
5. At Thanksgiving, you would never agree to pardon a turkey
4. Willing to “reach across the aisle,” but can’t fit down the aisle
3. When someone mentions Abraham Lincoln, all you hear is “ham”
2. While you campaign in Iowa, your ass is campaigning in Wisconsin
1. Barbara Walters has to ask, “Are you too fat to be president?”
The Bottom Line. We’re never going to solve our nation’s health and obesity crises until we have top leaders leading the change—beginning with their own personal examples. Take a look at my two earlier blogs on this subject—you’ll see that Governor Christie is not our only morbidly obese prominent leader.
Particularly check out #3 below; it features arguably the three most prominent health care leaders in America. And you guessed it—they’re all obese. #2 blog is all about those new state-by-state health rankings. #4, 5 and 6 are a few of my other blogs that contain a little comic relief.
This just in, Monday night on Letterman, they had one more reason why someone like Governor Christie might think he’s gotten way too fat. People have started trying to put tokens in his nose because they think he’s a bus.
- My earlier blog on the health rankings. National Health Rankings: More bad news
- Related blog HBO Obesity Special: How important is the messenger?
- Meet more rotund leaders. Meet the “Big Three” Generals—in the War on Obesity
- Jon Stewart on the Queen, “Sixty years on the throne?”
- Diabetes; made in America — or iPhone 5; made in China?
- It’s time for a little levity on a Sunday morning
The man that could very well be our next Republican President
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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