Mississippi seeks to ban restaurants from serving the obese

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    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.

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    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.
     
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    I don't quite understand the widespread obesity in America. Anyone care to explain it to me? Why is nearly 60% of the population overweight?
     
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    In a word? Over indulgence. Our society nowadays is built around overindulgence and pampering one's self.

    That coupled with an unwillingness to work at physically demanding jobs, and/or thinking walking around the block at a leisurely pace 3 times is exercise.

    Our society is decadent and lazy, and being fat-n-unsat is the end result.
     
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    because we are wealthy enough to afford food.
     
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    Last I checked we also were supposed to be a "free" society.
     
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    True that. The "supposed to be" part. :cool:
     
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    People are wealthy enough to afford food in Belgium too, but their obesity rate is half of America's. Wealth is a factor in obesity, but it's certainly not the end all be all.

    Source: http://wrongdiagnosis.com/o/obesity/stats-country.htm

    I think obesity goes hand in hand with the lower class. If you look at the demographics for the people who are obese in America, it's mainly the poor. They can't afford healthy food. Lower quality of food usually means less nutrients and more calories. Add to that the sense of hopelessness and resignation commonly present in the working class, and you get an ignorant, fat population.
     
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    LMAO. Trying to make this a social issue huh? Fact is, if anything's to blame, it's fast food. It's too convenient and saves time cooking at home.

    So that wouldn't entail only the lower class since only the wealthy have live-in chefs.

    Then too, there's the "don't care" factor. Most people don't care what they're eating as long as it tastes good to them.
     
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    Fair enough, I absolutely acknowledge that fast food plays a huge part in obesity all over the world. But I would argue that there is a general trend of poor people eating more fast food than middle/upper class people.

    An interesting insight into political policy in relation to obesity:

    Source:http://carolinanewswire.com/news/News.cgi?database=01news.db&command=viewone&id=14&op=t
     

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