Yesterday I wrote about Chris Christie’s weight problem. Shortly thereafter, I turned on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where host Joe Scarborough highlighted the obesity of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.
Like most Americans, I had no idea who the surgeon general was. Apparently her weight became an issue shortly after President Obama nominated her for the job. Was she too fat to hold the position? Many wondered. She handled the issue in an exclusive one-on-one interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts.
Benjamin acquitted herself well. She said she was just another American struggling with her weight. 2/3 of U.S. adults are overweight (having a BMI over 25). The then-nominee said she wanted to raise awareness on the issue and said her number one goal was to prevent Americans from getting sick.
Benjamin has all the right credentials and an amazing personal story. That said, she is not the best spokeswoman for America’s health and wellness. Like Chris Christie, she is a visual reminder of a fattening America. I hope she gets her weight under control and, through her example, will use her office to address, combat and reverse this costly and troubling trend.