Alec and I were watching the news on Monday morning when a crazy story was announced. It seems that
Alec immediately blogged about it: No mo fat
Here is some info from the article: Mississippi May Ban Restaurant Sales to the Obese - Most porcine state mulls drastic measures
by Mark Huffman ~ ConsumerAffairs.Com ~ February 4, 2008
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a 61 percent increase in the number of Americans classified as obese between 1991 and 2000. It singled out
as having the highest rate. Mississippi
An August 2007 study published by Trust for America's Health classified Mississippi as the heaviest state in the Union for the third year in a row, with 30 percent of its adult population obese.
Mississippi House Bill 282 is the work of Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows. It would aim to keep Whoppers and Big Macs out of the hands of fat people, by force of law.
"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," the bill states.
The measure would apply to any restaurant that holds a health department permit and has enclosed seating for five or more – a definition broad enough to cover almost every restaurant in the state, not just those that serve fast food. The bill does not spell out what penalties an eatery would face for violating the law.
Give me a break. Is this not an insane and ridiculous law?
When I looked it up online, I discovered that - horror of horrors! - this lead me to one website that was a surprise. This is actually something I agree with the John Birch Society about!
See this: Mississippi Fat Burning by Selwyn Duke on the John Birch Society website ~ 2008-02-04.
Its probably the only thing I agree with them on.
I guess it challenged my own personal biases and assumptions. Even conservative rightwing conspiracy theory folks like the Birchers who post things like this (from that page linked above)...
Godlessness at least partially explains why many people now adhere to health regimens. It is why private establishments are forced to both eliminate trans-fats and hire transsexuals. It is why the atheist worries more about smoking in this world than in the next. It is the cult of the body.
...can be health conscious.
This whole thing brought up an interesting flashback to when Alec and I lived in
Now I have nothing against Mississippians. I married one and love him dearly. But I do love the response of my dear friend Carolyn Wagner in
Of course that's what Alec says about
And the beat goes on...