Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Mississippi Trys to Keep Overweight Guests OUT of Restaurants

I came across the article below this morning. In summary, lawmakers in Mississippi are proposing that restaurants should avoid serving food to people who are obese. It is difficult to believe that such a proposal would ever be made! The concept of not accepting customers because of their weight is unconstitutional, discriminatory, and just plain horrible. Overweight citizens still need to eat and who is to say someone is obese?

Imagine a person walking into a restaurant with their friends and family for a nice relaxing dinner. The hostess motions to the manager who then turns away the guests because of their weight problems. The humility and embarrassment would have a horribly negative effect on ones self esteem!

What do you think? Should restaurants be able to turn people away because they are overweight?

Grill of rights
Report by David Wilkening

Fat foreign tourists and Americans as well in the future might want to avoid Mississippi where a state lawmaker wants to ban restaurants from serving food to obese customers. ''I was trying to shed a little light on the number one problem in Mississippi,'' said Republican Rep. John Read of Gautier, who acknowledges that at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, he'd probably be hungry himself under his own bill.

Mammy's Cupboard is a restaurant built inside a 28-foot tall black woman's skirt. The original restaurant opened in 1940, and has endured cycles of decay and restoration. Highway 61 N, Natchez, MS

More than one-third of adults in Mississippi are considered obese, according to a 2007 study by the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention.

Rep. Read says he never intended his bill to be taken too seriously, however. The bill had no specifics about how obesity would be defined, or how restaurants were supposed to determine if a customer was obese.

Nevertheless, passage of the bill could hamper foreign visitors. Finland, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Malta all have a higher proportion of overweight adults than the United States, according to a report by the International Obesity Task Force in 2005.

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