New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has lost a dramatic amount of weight since undergoing lap-band surgery seven months ago, and says he's more than halfway to his goal weight. Christie, 51, declined to state how much weight he has lost so far, but says he's happy with his progress.
"What I will say is I'm more than halfway to my goal," he told CBS News Sept. 29. The 5-foot-11 Christie underwent lap-band surgery in February 2013, and has reportedly shed over 60 pounds since then.
The gastric-band procedure involves having a silicone band placed around the stomach to create a pouch the size of a golf ball, limiting the amount of food the patient is able to ingest. Basically, it forces patients to follow a very-low-calorie diet.
Christie was inspired to get the operation after seeing how much thinner and healthier New York Jets coach Rex Ryan looked after losing 106 pounds and 10 inches off his waist following his 2010 lap-band surgery.
Gov. Christie, who has been overweight all his life, said the best thing about the lap-band procedure is that he no longer feels the constant, obsessive need to eat. "I’m not nearly as interested in food as I used to be," he told People.
Chris is happy with his progress, but is leery of getting overconfident for fear he may regain the weight. While many have speculated that Christie got the weight-loss surgery to boost his chances for a Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he said his health and his family were his primary motivation.
"It has nothing to do with the performance of my job," said the father of four. "I did it for myself, for Mary Pat and the kids. I’ve never been embarrassed about being overweight. I’ve been angry about it at times, but never embarrassed. I don’t think anybody should be."
When asked whether he plans to run for president, Christie said he'll cross that bridge when he gets to it. "We'll see," he said. "I don't know. That's a decision I have to make further down the road, isn't it?"