TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – While the speculation about New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s run for president is over (see related story), the talk about his weight continues unabated.

Reporters and comics have been having a field day focusing on Christie’s weight, with little said about his politics.

bio foster Obesity Expert Calls Gov. Christies Weight An Irrelevant Distraction

(Dr. Gary Foster. Credit: Temple Univ.)

Dr. Gary Foster (right), director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, isn’t surprised.

“Given a society that holds a lot of stigma and discrimination against obese folks, it’s unlikely that anyone  who’s in a public position who is overweight or obese will not be subject to a lot of criticism,” Dr. Foster says.  “I don’t think it’s right, I think it’s a distraction, and I think it’s irrelevant.”

He calls the stigma against obese people “the last acceptable form of bigotry.”

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio 1060

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