New Jersey governor Chris Christie, whose website you can visit here, will have a distinct edge in presenting himself throughout the nation. That is, if he declares this Tuesday that he is running to become the next president of the U.S.
No ambiguity on this one: Attention is the currency of the 21st century. Through that, it's lots easier to buy your way in to sell products, services, causes, advocacy positions, fundraising efforts and branding. And attention, once attracted, can attract more and more. The loop can be infinite.
A distinct advantage in the attention game is girth. Presence is immediately established. When Fox News head, Roger Ailes, and public relations player, Bob Dilenschneider, enter a room, they are noticed. No other props are needed. It would be to their disadvantage to participate in the fitness and healthy movement.
In addition, being fat deflects unnecessary envy. As we know, other folks' jealousy is a poison which can seep into your career. Soon enough that professional reputation or brand shows signs of the poison. Think about it: The fit, good-looking dude is the target for envy. Everyone in the room knows he's going to get the babes. And, come on, that still counts a lot in many circles.
Sure, the fat may die prematurely. But in America, where success is the unofficial religion, a long life is not calculated as a proper tradeoff for not making it big professionally. In fact, that is a palpable fear among myriad professionals, not just fat ones: A fade-out after so many decades in the limelight.
Should executive coaches recommend those without a clear edge get fat? That makes some sense, doesn't it.