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Stop Obese People From Eating In Restaurant

April 20th, 2009 · 6 Comments ·
 
 

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In US, lawmakers in the state of Mississippi are planning to create a bill to stop restaurants from serving food to obese people.   Source. The state has the highest obesity rate in the USA.  If this bill really goes through, all food establishments will need to rely on few criteria to define whether one is obese.

Mun’s Comments

  • As expected, with airlines are already thinking of charging more on overweight passenger, obese people take this move as a discrimination. If a business refuses providing service based on ethnicity or gender, people will jump. Now, if obese people are denied food in restaurant, it can a discrimination too. I just find it hard to see waiter weighing every customers before they are allowed to enter the restaurant.
  • In fact, using the same logic, anorexic should be banned from using bathrooms in the restaurants.
  • Thin people have to eat. Obese people have to eat. Obese people who are losing weight also have to eat too. By banning them to eat out, every obese people has to eat at home. With this bill, if they are still allowed to go into the restaurants, when the waitress hands out menus to others, the menu which fat customers will get probably blank inside.

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  • If one is overweight, he should take responsibility on his weight problem. I have never seen restaurant ties people up, put a gun over their head and asked them to swallow their food. We control what we eat.
  • Sometime I think some legislators having too much time to come out with silly bill like this. Ironically, John Read, who proposed this bill, he himself is overweight with 5 foot 11 and 230 pounds. Lawmakers should teach the kids to eat right from small – getting rid of soft drinks in school and stop misleading fast food advertisements in TV.
  • Many years ago, black people were not allowed to eat in with white customers. Now, fat people are not allowed to eat with skinny people in restaurants. How sad.
  • After this bill, more drastic thing can happen. Obese people may be banned from buying junk food, other than vegetables, lean meat and fish. If any of them are found to have banned fatty food, special trained armed force (like SWAT) will be sent to arrest them. Obese people can only buy these food from underground black market with high price. The thin will get richer and the fat will get poorer. Civil war will take place. Sorry, just talking crap.

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Before you jump or talk crap like me, this legislation is not meant to be approved, but to be spark discussion to raise awareness of the obesity issue.  May be Mississippi should the way like what a mayor in Italy doing – pay people to lose weight.

So, what is your comment about this bill?

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  • adrian // Apr 20, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    It’s plain disgusting to have even thought up such a bill. The fact of the matter is that this is pure discrimination on the obese. Looking at the bigger picture, if you review the food in the US, you’ll realise that they’re served in huge servings and are almost often greasy/oily. Perhaps they should be thinking of cutting down the fat/grease/oil content in their commercial foods instead.

    Commercial foods are directly correlated to obesity in linear form. Look at Thailand and the type of food served then measure the % of obese people. In fact, you hardly see obese people in the kingdom. To be fair, food is of course not the only contributing factor – there’s lifestyle and weather too

  • Fitness Fabulous // Apr 20, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    It’s really all up to the individual. How we can turn things around now is with proper education, a school system that emphasizes exercise.

    And for the older population? A mandatory health screening would bring them to realization.

    I rather see mandatory health screenings than some dumb Bill.

  • Steve // Apr 21, 2009 at 5:31 AM

    This is a tough issue, but something that needs to be dealt with. Didn’t New Zealand refuse citizenship to an obese couple because they didn’t want to deal with their medical bills down the road?

    Personally, I don’t agree with the “pay for losing weight” theory…it’s like kids getting paid for good grades growing up. As a kid who studied hard and got straight A’s, it bugged when kids would come into school with extra money because they got B’s and A’s and their parents paid them for it.

    If the government is going to pay you to lose weight, what about those of us who are looking to gain weight with lean muscle mass, do we need to pay them? I’ll feel gypped if others are making money to lose weight while I’m already in shape. Why not reward those of us already in shape, and then reward people if they lose weight to get in shape. A fitness test: if you pass it, you make X amount of dollars. If you can’t make it, then you don’t get paid.

    I agree with Adrian that a majority of the problems stems from the fact that the serving sizes in this country are ridiculously large, and this directly contributes to this country having a weight problem. I’ve always believed in taking responsibility for my actions. If I gain weight, I won’t blame a restaurant. If I fail a class, I won’t blame the school system. If you’re overweight, I guarantee there are fundamental things in your life that you simply aren’t doing. That is on you to recognize and correct.

    -Steve @ Nerd Fitness

  • JL // Apr 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Four-letter word: D.U.M.B. Period.

  • iamyuanwu // Apr 28, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Like Mun said in the end, this law is not meant to be passed.
    The lawmakers are not stupid. They know it’s ridiculous.

    But this is the best way to gain the attention & awareness of many ignorant Americans.

    BTW, airlines charging more for obese people? I don’t see any discrimination there. They are already charging for excess baggage. So they might as well just charge the excess baggage around the waist and hips. I’m sure many would understand how sucky it feels to sit next to an obese person in a plane or cinema.

  • bobby // Jan 21, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    what really is disgusting is the people have a right to consume all they want, but later on billions of dollars are spent on hospital bills, by taxpayers who are still lean and body and mind – able to work to pay for those fat mind-fogged eating robots.

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