Obese People Won’t be Served?

Found this at   Chow

  

Obese People Not Served Here

Mississippi is considering a bill that would make it illegal for restaurants to serve obese people. Any establishment with a permit to serve food, the bill says, would “not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health”—and if it did, the state could pull the restaurant’s permit.

Even if the bill is not expected to survive debate in the House, and is just “political theater,” it does evoke visions of a future with scales at restaurant doors, and kitchens keeping records of each patron’s body mass index. Is this what politicians really want? Sandy Szwarc at Junkfood Science contacted the bill’s lead author, Republican representative W. T. Mayhall Jr., to inquire about his intentions. Mayhall explained that he wrote the bill to “call attention to the serious problem of obesity and what it is costing the Medicare system.”

The Obesity Action Coalition feels that if the bill draws attention to anything, it’s to blatant discrimination against overweight people. It sure does creepily recall Jim Crow laws.

 

All I can say this to this is….what the hell???

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2 Comments

  1. deafmomof2boys said,

    6 March 2008 at 9:45 am

    My opinion is that it won’t work. There are one group of people that are obese because of medical conditions, not because of their overeating. People need to stop assuming when someone is obese, it means they are overeating. It is not always true.

  2. 17 March 2008 at 11:01 pm

    omg i can’t even imagine what he is thinking!! me personally,i nearly always refuse to eat at buffets for fear i get dirty looks.i am way too concerned with what others think of what i eat. i need to get over it.


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