Mississippi representative wants to deny fat people food.

February 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm (injustice, stupidity) (, , , )

Sandy at Junkfood Science writes:

It has actually happened. Lawmakers have proposed legislation that forbids restaurants and food establishments from serving food to anyone who is obese (as defined by the State). Under this bill, food establishments are to be monitored for compliance under the State Department of Health and violators will have their business permits revoked.

The bill.

Should this pass, scales will appear at the door of restaurants, people with BMIs of 30 or higher won’t be allowed to be served. And to comply with government regulations, restaurants will have to keep records of patrons’ BMIs.

Sounds like a cruel playground joke, but these sinister intentions are truth.

Let’s be clear about one thing: this bill provides no means for improving anyone’s health, nor does it contribute to the good of any community. Thinness is not a synonym for health; state-defined obesity is not a disease which can or must be cured by food deprivation. This bill is but an inane, attempted violation of civil liberties and is unacceptable. It’s high time that all anti-fat discrimination is recognized as such, and that blatant bigotry is no longer written or proposed into law.

The fat are not guilty. As humans, they don’t owe anything of their bodies to anyone else. They don’t deserve punishment or ill-treatment only for being.



  1. Daisy said,

    Mother of god.

    On the bright side, now no halfway-decent person can deny that size is an oppression and civil rights issue.

  2. moonbeammcqueen said,

    To me it’s just the next logical step. Smoking bans, cursing bans, happy hour bans… let’s just outlaw anything that’s unpleasant, or may make someone feel uncomfortable. Soon it will be people who wear polyester and toupees.

  3. Judy said,

    After watching this news story, I couldn’t help but notice that the representative who suggested such a discriminatory proposal would himself qualify for one of those not allowed to be served. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
    I thought that America was the country for the “free.”
    Government is trying to control too much of what is not their business.

  4. Vern said,

    This law smacks of the same bigotory that the South was noted for for years. First it was Race and now it’s fat people. Pardon my “French” but the “Lard Ass” who proposed the law ought to look in the mirror. Or would he be exempt because of his Political Office. What’s next?? Fat people use too much air so they shouldn’t be allowed to breath?? I’m sorry if I offend any of the Good Mississippi Citizens, but how on earth do you put up with a Representitive like this??

  5. Sheila said,

    Does this sound anything like the “Whites Only” rule from years ago?

  6. Theresa said,

    I thought we lived in America, the land of the FREE.. ??? I spent 5 months in Mississippi, restaurants would go bankrupt and it would not solve the problem.

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