From USA Today:
Three legislators want to make it illegal for restaurants to serve obese customers in Mississippi.
House Bill No. 282, which was introduced this month, says:
Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.
The proposal would allow health inspectors to yank the permit from any restaurant that "repeatedly" feeds extremely overweight customers.
While it has little support today…
And note that it has both Republican and Democrats as sponsors…
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Well they picked the right state as Mississippians are the fatest in the nation.
I still say my junk food tax is the best way to at least pay for the costs of gluttony. Maybe the Dept. of Homeland Security will declare obesity an Al-Quiada plot to kill massive numbers of Americans and they’ll start secretly (but legally of course) taping the phones of junk food company execs. They’re the real terrorist threat after all.
Sounds like a stunt put on by the anti-anti-smoking ordinance crowd. Not worth feeling much besides amusement at.
Health care costs are going up and that obessity is a problem in America, but this is ridiculous. I am an overweight girl on pluscupid.com. We feel angry for this act. So from now on when the waitress hands out menus to everyone at the table the menus she gives to the fat customers will have to be blank inside?