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Halfway to his goal, Gov. Chris Christie refuses to be weight loss role model

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In contrast to celebrities who want their weight loss success broadcast around the world, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declines to specify precisely how much weight he has lost.

Declining to be a "role model" on the topic, Christie views his weight concerns as "nobody else's business," reports CBS News.

"From my perspective and my family's perspective, the steps I've taken recently are for me and for [wife] Mary Pat and the kids," he said in a press conference. "I would have never lied about it but, you know, it's not anybody else's business but mine."

By choosing to undergo lap band surgery in June, Christie made his stomach smaller. The surgery is designed to limit how much food patients can eat, resulting in weight loss.

Prior to surgery, his weight was about 350 pounds, according to Buzz Feed. Christie does admit that he is more than halfway to his goal and has experienced some benefits.

“I didn't feel badly at my previous weight, but I didn't realize how poorly I slept," he told CNN. Now, however, he's impressed by "how well I've been sleeping.”

What remains to be seen: How Christie will do in the upcoming months. About 50 percent of gastric-banding patients who participated in a 2011 study in the Archives of Surgery suffered from complications that required the removal of the device. However, some research shows that only 16 percent of patients had such severe complications.

“If [Christie] does well then, yes, it’s good for the industry,” said Dr. Beth Schrope, director of the Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, to the North Jersey Record. “But what a lot of people don’t see is how difficult it is to maintain the weight loss. It requires a lot of work. This is not an easy way out.”

What does he eat? Christie won't reveal his diet specifics.

In May, he told People magazine that he does not feel hungry. However, he has continued his fitness plan, and has consistently declined the treats typically offered to politicians when they're campaigning, such as chocolate fudge and birthday cake.

And Christie remains adamant that his size does not and should not impact his political aspirations.

“I certainly don’t think people here or other people around the state think my physical appearance in any way has diminished my ability to do my job,” said the Governor.



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