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According to a recent study mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. It would seem that being overweight has a negative perception on whether a CEO will have the endurance to get the job done.
This could also apply to our country and our confidence in our President. Also, will the rest of the world see a candidate for the TV reality series The Biggest Loser?
Personally, I would have trouble voting for someone that is classified as obese or in the case of Christie morbidly obese.
New research suggests that a few extra pounds or a slightly larger waistline affects an executive's perceived leadership ability as well as stamina on the job.
"...an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits" JFK
I agree that appearance is considered by people, but I think it is a big mistake. There have been experiments done by psychologists regarding hiring practices People that are attractive are more likely to get hired (especially women). Some people (I believe you wrote that you fall into this category in an earlier thread) argue that obesity is a health risk. Others argue that it may affect stamina. Why do the same people have no problem with age (e.g. Reagan and/or McCain)? I believe most people that would not vote for someone fat just look at candidates superficially, and use health and stamina as excuses to justify their votes.
This is something that I addressed a few months ago.
While I, personally, vote according to policy, vision, planning and record, that is not the case for a vast majority of Americans. Many (I will go as far as to say most) Americans are hypnotized by perception and a fancy image campaign. This is not a new phenomenon and has been the case in politics going back to the start of our great nation.
Christie, while his accomplishments should speak for themselves, is hindered by his weight and the negative perception that goes along with that in most people's eyes. I have stated this in the past, that if Christie really does aspire to the Presidency, I would not be surprised to see him have lap-band surgery or go on a weight-loss program to make him more attractive to the voter that simply goes by image.
His weight is an image problem that could also have a real impact in terms of performance and longevity in office, but nobody dies of just being fat. I'd be more interested to hear whether his blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. are all within healthy ranges. I'd also be interested to hear what his daily schedule is like and how well he is able to cope with being very busy for extended periods of time (if that is the case).
He would not have to worry if he was so busy that he had to miss a meal or two -- plenty of reserves in the tank.
I agree that health should be fair game in a presidential election, not just for someone that is obese. However, I doubt that candidates will release their full medical histories and I doubt that Americans will penalize them for not doing so.
This post was edited by Morethanafan 18 months ago
I want a fat president. Enough of these skinny wackos...
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Weight is always going to be an issue for Christie, but when I think about the states where the issue of weight might be too much to overcome, those seem like states Christie probably wasn't going to win....even if dude weighed 180 pounds.
Also, New Jersey has a pretty good sized population. The state also has a fairly diverse population. Is there anything specific about New Jersey that would lead one to believe a person could become the governor of New Jersey, but not compete in a nationwide election?
Lastly, we just had a general election that featured a Mormon vs. a black guy. Anything is possible these days. I'm not ready to write off Christie based on his weight. The people on the right that will say they don't know if they could support a fat guy are flat out lying if they go on to say they wouldn't take an obese republican, over any and all left-of-center candidates.
I agree with most of your points. However, regarding the obesity issue, one can overcome being over weight, black or Mormon in a Presidential election, as a Mormon and black person did and overcome weight as Christie did in NJ. However, being black, Mormon or over weight makes getting elected tougher. As far as those saying that they could not support a fat guy, I agree with you. Some people's dislike for Democrats greatly exceed their bias against a fat person.
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