OBESITY NOW tops cancer as the biggest health issue in this country.

Americans’ increasing concerns about obesity mirror the rising rates of obesity in the United States. The percentage of adults who are obese doubled from 1980 to 2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And Gallup and Healthways find obesity remains high as of the third quarter of 2012, at 26.1%.

Access and cost to health care remain the top two concerns even after Obamacare.

If Governor Chris Christie runs for president in 2012 he’ll light up this conversation, but also has an opportunity to be a hero and lead on it. So far he has not. People may choose to ignore Christie’s obesity, but it remains a real issue for voters to consider and discuss.