Did Chris Christie shed the pounds for presidential run?

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Did Chris Christie Shed the Pounds for Presidential Run?

People tend to be obsessed with weight. Their own -- and pretty much everybody else's.

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BELMAR, NJ - MARCH 25: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie laughs during a Town Hall Meeting with families affected by Superstorm Sandy at Belmar Borough Municipal Building on March 25, 2014 in Belmar, New Jersey. Christie talked about some of the programs the state is running for homeowners, as well as efforts to build and restore dunes along the coast this spring,The governor was not asked about the George Washington Bridge lane-closure (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
BELMAR, NJ - MARCH 25: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a Town Hall Meeting with families affected by Superstorm Sandy at Belmar Borough Municipal Building on March 25, 2014 in Belmar, New Jersey. Christie talked about some of the programs the state is running for homeowners, as well as efforts to build and restore dunes along the coast this spring,The governor was not asked about the George Washington Bridge lane-closure (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
BELMAR, NJ - MARCH 25: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a Town Hall Meeting with families affected by Superstorm Sandy at Belmar Borough Municipal Building on March 25, 2014 in Belmar, New Jersey. Christie talked about some of the programs the state is running for homeowners, as well as efforts to build and restore dunes along the coast this spring,The governor was not asked about the George Washington Bridge lane-closure (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
KEANSBURG, NJ - FEBRUARY 04: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a press conference with families affected by Superstorm Sandy at a lounge in the New Point Comfort Fire Company on February 4, 2014 in Keansburg, New Jersey. Christie, whose governorship is being threatened by a scandal is facing federal investigation over use of Sandy funds. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
EWING, NJ - OCTOBER 30: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie updates members of the media on damage and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy from the emergency operations center at State Police Headquarters on October 30, 2012 in Ewing, New Jersey. High winds and a massive storm surge caused major destruction to the Jersey Shore and throughout the Garden State. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 29: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie laughs while speaking during the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 29, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie look on during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Connecticut Huskies and the Iowa State Cyclones at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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That is why we bring you the story of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie losing weight. Eighty-five pounds, to be exact. Cue media pandemonium:

WTXF asked: "Have you seen how much weight he's lost now?"

NBC confirmed: "Gov. Chris Christie lost 85 pounds."

KYW-TV chimed in: "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has certainly trimmed his waistline."

Perhaps the fact we care so much about a potential president's weight says a lot about our culture.

If we didn't care about weight, shows like "The Biggest Loser" and magazines like Shape wouldn't exist -- and headlines like these wouldn't be published.

As for Christie, who underwent weight loss surgery last year, some speculate he's getting in shape because he might be making a 2016 presidential bid. He hasn't officially announced plans to do that quite yet.

Does this kind of coverage suggest that a person couldn't successfully run for office if he or she were overweight?

William Taft was an overweight president at more than 300 pounds. However, social media, online commentary, and 24-hour television didn't exist back in the 1800s.

One way or the other, many are focusing on Christie's weight loss and his potential 2016 presidential bid. The big question now is: Do the two actually go hand in hand?

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