I’m not sure if I qualify as obese, but I’m definitely on the heavy end of the scale and I know more than a few obese people. Then again, in America these days, who doesn’t? I’m aware of the health problems that being overweight brings with it and how much better off everyone would be if more of us could stick to a healthy diet, but I’m not sure this proposed law in Mississippi would really help:
FEBRUARY 1—Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons. Bill No. 282, a copy of which you’ll find below, is the brainchild of three members of the state’s House of Representatives, Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows. The bill, which is likely dead on arrival, proposes that the state’s Department of Health establish weight criteria after consultation with Mississippi’s Council on Obesity. It does not detail what penalties an eatery would face if its grub was served to someone with an excessive body mass index.
Let’s repeat that so you fully grasp what the bill is saying: They want to make it illegal for restaurants to serve you food if you are considered obese by the State government’s standards. In short, they want to turn every fast food joint and high-hifalutin bistro into the Food Police charged with the responsibility of not feeding you if you’re too much of a fatty. Apparently they think that you’ll just go home and start jumping rope if you can’t eat out as opposed to, say, going home and downing an entire tub of Ben and Jerry’s as comfort food therapy.
Somehow I don’t think they have thought their clever plan all the way through.