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Top U.S. Politicians Who Struggled To Lose Extra Pounds (And They Won!)

Politicians have always been scrutinized for how they look, irrespective of their political parties or titles. Owing to constantly being under the microscope, a number of public figures had to hit the gym and maintain a strict diet to drop a few extra pounds. U.S. politicians are notorious for gaining and dropping pounds during their campaign trail, and only a few have set examples by looking slimmer than ever, while others have failed to do so. Have a look at the following leaders who have successfully set examples for thousands of Americans who are still struggling to lose weight.

Chris Christie

Chris has been under public scrutiny for months for being overweight. Recently, the New Jersey governor has confessed to going under the knife. Christie went through a lap band surgery during the President’s Day weekend. He has been vocal about the struggles he went through in the past due to his weight. In an interview with Barbara Walters in 2012, Chris admitted that he has been struggling to lose weight for 30 long years, and he finally made up his mind to undergo the surgery after contemplating it for months and got it done in the middle of his gubernatorial campaign.

Mike Huckabee

Mike was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2002. The Arkansas governor’s poor eating habits and weight were huge factors that forced him to alter his lifestyle. He struggled through his weight loss journey for years and was eventually successful in losing over 100 pounds in 2007. He even ran a marathon and penned down a book on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Huckabee compares his previous weight with a cement truck and shares all the weight-related humiliations that he had gone through in his book Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And A Fork. He maintained his slender physique throughout his presidential run as a Republican nominee, but the happiness and success were not permanent. By 2011, Mike seemed to have gained back quite a good part of his weight.

Bill Clinton

The former President of the United States was infamous for his addiction to junk food. He could often be spotted binging on cheeseburgers, barbecue, and desserts, and while we were amused at how normal that seemed, he gained a lot of weight by doing so. His best efforts to stay fit and healthy went down the drain as he eventually ended up at McDonald’s. Bill Clinton’s unhealthy eating habits took a toll on him after he left the Oval Office. In 2004, he had to go through a quadruple bypass surgery and had another surgery because of a blocked artery in 2010. Subsequently, he had to substitute sugar with salads and was forced to stick to a diet of green vegetables. The results went in his favor as Clinton was able to shed off over 20 pounds before his daughter Chelsea tied the knot in July 2010.

Claire McCaskill

The Missouri Senator was quite vocal about her weight loss plans on social media. Instead of going under the knife, she tackled her weight problems in the traditional way — through a healthy diet and proper workout. In the process, she had to even let go of some of her favorite sweets and junk food. Claire even avoided a funnel cake on a state fair visit in 2011 because of her determination to lose weight. Sticking to a workout regimen and a strict diet, she was finally able to lose 50 pounds. Relying on the treadmill, exercising, and healthy food worked wonders for her.

Kirsten Gillibrand

The New York senator was able to slim down from a size 16 to a size 6 in less than a year. Her incredible feat led her to be featured on the popular fashion magazine, Vogue and also caught the attention of the paparazzi. Aside from exercising regularly and following a healthy diet, she also availed a non-traditional method of losing weight by distributing all the clothes she wore before she put on weight. In an interview with the New York Post in 2010, Kirsten admitted to doing this in order to start from the scratch.

Weight bias is a bigger problem than most people actually realize, and politicians are more likely to come under scrutiny for being 0verweight. The positive side of politicians gaining weight is that they have finally been able to overcome their weight issues and have strived forward to look slimmer and smarter, inspiring others in the process.

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