The Checkup: Chris Christie Pissed at Doctor Who Called Him Fat on CNN

He called her a “hack” and said she should “shut up.”

• Oh, my. Whatever you do, don’t call New Jersey governor Chris Christie fat—at least, not on television. Christie went on the offensive yesterday after former White House physician Connie Mariano called him fat on CNN. “It’s almost a like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office,” she said. ”I’m worried about this man dying in office.” Christie responded by calling her a “hack” and saying she should “shut up.” In an article that appeared on yesterday, he said, “I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona—who’s never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records and knows nothing about my family history—could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away. She must be a genius. She should probably be the surgeon general of the United States, I suspect.” Ouch—them’s fighting words. Check out a video of the CNN segment over on the Philly Post.

• First we learned that vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease than carnivores, and now a new study says that diets high in veggie consumption might lower the risk for a certain kind of breast cancer. Now, someone make me a kale smoothie, please. HuffPo has more.

• Blerg. New projections show that in 40 years, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s may triple if no progress is made against the disease. The calculations say Alzheimer’s will affect 14.7 million by 2050; in 2010, the number sat at 4.7 million. More here.

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