New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie has decided to bring his obesity problems into the public eye. The Republican politician is well known for his large stature and, at times, even larger mouth. This week Christie released his plan to use a lap-band cuff instead of gastric bypass surgery to help lose some weight. There are mixed benefits and risks involved with both procedures.
Christie has not explained why he chose banding instead of a bypass, but experts who were not involved in his case pointed out several possibilities, including that he may not have needed to treat diabetes. In the past, Christie has described himself as healthy despite his weight [s].
Governor Christie, seen as a possible 2016 contender for the White House, told the New York Post on Monday that his decision to undergo the procedure was motivated by his family's concern for his health, not political ambition [s].