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If there were ever a WTF post, this is it.

I was reading on Junk Food Science today. And my brain melted. Apparently fat people should not be seen eating in public.

So, this new House Bill, number 282 to be exact, was introduced on Friday in the Mississippi legislative session by W.T. Mayhall. Mr Mayhall would like to make it against the law for restaurants and food establishments to serve food to anyone who is obese (as defined by the State). They would be monitored for compliance, and would have their business permits revoked if they served fatties.

D00d. So, does that mean if you, say, ordered pizza and they brought it to your house and then discovered you were fat, they would have to take the pizza away? Or how about drive through windows? And bars! Bars that serve hot wings! Would it be legal to serve you booze, but not wings? Because booze, that's got lots of calories too.

And how about a coffee shop? Would they not be able to serve you a coffee if you are fat? Or would low cal, fat free coffee be okay? Or would just coffee be alright, but sorry, no coffee cake?

Whats the next step? Making people weigh in when they walk into the grocery story, take their BMI and if they are too fat, tell them they can't buy ice cream, chocolate and baked goods?

Huh. That's just... well, mind bendy. Maybe I should move there. It might force me to lose some weight. Yeah, there we go.

Whoa. It's suddenly feeling very 1984.

::brain 'splodes::

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bubonicplague
Feb. 2nd, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I knew this was gonna happen the minute they started with the smoking bans and trans-fat bans.
curiouswombat
Feb. 2nd, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Good Grief! I think my brain is overheating trying to think of all the possible ways in which this wouldn't work.

That's apart from the civil liberties thing...
codevixen
Feb. 2nd, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
What? I'm.... what? What about healthy food? You mean to tell me that if I walked into a restaurant with my wife, they would serve me but not her, even if she just wanted a freaking salad? That's idiotic. I'm glad they think it won't pass, but... oh my god, that's utterly idiotic.
mathochist
Feb. 3rd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
They might not serve you, either... I don't have a good sense for your weight, since your shape is different from mine, but at our height, "obese" is defined as over about 155-160 lbs.
u_must_b_joking
Feb. 3rd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Indeed. I am pleased to see that your mood is cynical, rather than overwhelmed. It's very 1984. It's very 2008. Everybody's got their hate on, it seems. It's set up way too high pretty much clear across our culture right now. Avoiding hate is a full time job.





elsaf
Feb. 3rd, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Mississippi ... just shows what all those cousins marrying leads to.

I read about this yesterday or the day before and could hardly believe anybody would suggest such a stupid bill.

Are they going to keep people from buying chocolate ice cream at the grocery store? Do they have any concept of what it takes to lose weight?

sp23
Feb. 3rd, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I saw this on another journal a few nights ago, and it made me livid! He may think he's making some kind of a point about obesity in America, but I hope his constituents make the point of voting his ass out of office. I would also not be adverse to seeing protesters dumping buckets of fat on his ignorant head.
banjoplayinnerd
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
More likely he's trying to make a point about serving people liquor when they appear to be intoxicated. Whatever. The people of Mississippi don't deserve to have their money wasted this way.
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sarah_p
Feb. 3rd, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
I can't even BEGIN to process that such a bill even exists. Just...really? REALLY? In America? In 2008?

I just...wow. Thanks for the link.

(!!!)
agilebrit
Feb. 3rd, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I...

Buh...

WHAT.

Welcome to the Nanny State. Good grief.

Every day I become more and more tempted to vote Libertarian and be done with it. *uses OvalKwik-addicted carbosilicate amorph icon because he looks like a chubby pile of poo*
dan_ad_nauseam
Feb. 3rd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
There are reports that the proponents received contributions from a manufacturer of weight loss pills.

This bill may be generating enough ridicule to stop it.
carmiel
Feb. 3rd, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
In reading the article, the author is trying to incite outrage, i.e. a muck-raker, from the wordage used. The quote from the author of the bill is "wrote it,...because of the urgency of the obesity crisis and need for government action. [He] hopes it will call attention to the serious problem of obesity and what it is costing the Medicare system"
I read this as a political statement that won't go anywhere and isn't intended to. Insulting? Yes, but not a real bill that will ever pass.
It wouldn't go in effect if passed because the ACLU would be all over it. Sometimes liberal sharks can be useful. So I'm not panicing yet.
nwhepcat
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
I am not worried that it would actually pass, just disgusted that he and his fellow representatives could believe this is any kind of constructive way to make a point. It's bigotry. It wouldn't even have the effect of ensuring that fat people eat healthier, it just would mean they were eating somewhere where thin people didn't have to look at them.

As a political statement, I think it's crap.
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admnaismith
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)

The Chamber of Commerce will join with the liberals in opposing this one. Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana are, in some order, among the top five states in obesity, with the Mississippi rate approaching half of the population, maybe more than half.

You think Mississippi places that sell food are going to willingly give up HALF of their customer base all at once--presumably the half that buys the most food, at that?

Dumbasses.
banjoplayinnerd
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
The Chamber of Commerce will join with the liberals in opposing this one.

Enough of that. There are plenty of fat conservatives this would affect.
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nwhepcat
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I just wrote an email to the three asshats legislators involved. Usually I tone down the snark, but I really really couldn't.

I, um, said their lack of human decency makes Jesus want to drink gin from the cat dish.
willowgreen
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
I, um, said their lack of human decency makes Jesus want to drink gin from the cat dish.

This is such a brilliant line I'm going to have to steal it for something someday. I personally would love to encounter Jesus drinking gin from the cat dish, even if His behavior had been caused by insane and bigoted proposed legislation. Heck, I'd bring the vermouth.
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enigmaticblues
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
I saw that and was immediately incensed.
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