I heartily encourage the states, local govts, etc. to try this kind of thing. It encourages healthy competition with other states etc. If people approve, they will flock to the Mississippi restaurants. If not, they will go elsewhere - other citie, states etc. And if the restaurants' additional business from approving patrons, makes up for the loss of of arguably their heaviest-ordering customers, they win! Only forseeable problem is, these days anything the states do, especially things of an overbearing and contolling nature, tend to serve as a template for soon-to-follow Federal action. It's harder to leave the country in protest of something you don't like, than to leave your local town for a night out - something the Feds frequently count on when restricting people's freedom. ----------------------------------------------- http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0201081fat1.html Mississippi Pols Seek To Ban Fats New bill would make it illegal for restaurants to serve the obese 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.