Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Current Events & Hot Topics Current Events & Hot Topics

N.J. Gov. Christie had secret weight loss surgery

Posted by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM
  • 31 Replies

N.J. Gov. Christie had secret weight loss surgery



N.J. Gov. Christie had secret weight loss surgery
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent weight-loss surgery in February at the urging of his family, spokesman Michael Drewniak told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The father of four agreed to the surgery, in which a band was placed around his stomach to restrict the amount of food he can eat, after turning 50 in September. Christie told The New York Post, which first reported the surgery, that he said he wasn't motivated by thoughts of running for president.

"I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," he told the newspaper. "For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them."

Christie has never disclosed his weight. But he joked about his size during a February appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman," pulling out a doughnut and saying his girth was "fair game" for comedians, who had made fun of his size for years.

Christie was soon angered by comments from a former White House physician who said she worried about him dying in office. The governor said Dr. Connie Mariano should "shut up."

Days later, on Feb. 16, Christie had the surgery. He said the operation lasted 40 minutes and he was home the same afternoon.

"A week or two ago, I went to a steakhouse and ordered a steak and ate about a third of it and I was full," he told the Post.

Christie declined to say how much weight he has lost since the surgery.

The Republican governor is running for a second term in November, although his name is often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate.

"I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary Pat and the kids and going, 'I have to do this for them, even if I don't give a crap about myself,'" he said.

Gastric band surgery is pitched as a minimally invasive procedure. One version of it is marketed under the brand name Lap-Band. Its website says the surgery is appropriate for adults who have failed with more conservative alternatives, such as diet and exercise.

Christie has talked about working with a personal trainer since he first ran for governor four years ago.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery says that about 200,000 people in the U.S. have weight loss surgery each year.


by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM
3 moms liked this

Good for him. 

Raintree
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I'm glad for him.

But has he ever tried diet and exercise? 

AlekD
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM
1 mom liked this
Not THAT secret, apparently.
Fjamrkr
by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM
Personally, I've always viewed weight loss surgery to be a cop out... :/
Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM
I've always wondered if the doctors tell the weightloss surgery patients that they need to make lifestyle changes including eating healthy and exercising.

Quoting Raintree:

I'm glad for him.

But has he ever tried diet and exercise? 

Tag3.0
by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I dont care!!!

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on May. 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM
1 mom liked this

Portion control works also. Quit going out to eat and have a homemade dinner. Its not rocket science.

Mipsy
by Bronze Member on May. 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM
2 moms liked this
The people I know who have gone through and are currently going through weight loss surgery, there's a lot that goes into it including getting cleared psychologically for it and they have nutritionists they have to meet with prior and after. You don't just walk in, ask, get surgery, walk out.

Quoting Peanutx3:

I've always wondered if the doctors tell the weightloss surgery patients that they need to make lifestyle changes including eating healthy and exercising.



Quoting Raintree:

I'm glad for him.

But has he ever tried diet and exercise? 

FoodIsLife
by Member on May. 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM
1 mom liked this

Didn't he recently make a statment about how he's prefectly healthy and that he just happens to be overweight? 

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on May. 7, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Good for him.    

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN