Tim Russert’s Death May Have Saved Marc Ambinder’s Life

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Ambinder: Before and after.
Ambinder: Before and after. Photo: Atlantic.com

That's what the Atlantic scribe, who used to weight 235 pounds and now weighs 150, says in a lengthy essay on the problem of obesity in America:

Most people who seek [bariatric, or gastric bypass, surgery] out have tried everything else. Many of them can pinpoint the moment they concluded that they had no other choice. Mine came late in the afternoon on June 13, 2008, when I learned that Tim Russert, the Meet the Press host, had died of a sudden heart attack at NBC’s Washington bureau. I didn’t know Russert well, but as I sat at my desk, my tolerance for the status quo ended. I’m 30 years old, I remember thinking. I can’t spend another decade like this.


In the piece, Ambinder outlines all the challenges to moving our nation down off the top of the list of most obese developed countries. One prospect he's eyeing hopefully is that Michelle Obama's quest to end childhood obesity will have success like that of federal campaigns against smoking and high cholesterol.

Beating Obesity [Atlantic]