The Food Police Cometh!

And they said it couldn’t happen here.

There truly is NO end to the lunacy or the nannyism. And to think, all this started just because some folks don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke. The minute that door was opened, it became Pandora’s Box.

People laughed at me when I asked where it would stop. They thought it really was ONLY about smoking. I knew years ago it wasn’t.

THIS is what happens when one group of people think they have the right to dictate how others have to live. THIS is why our founding fathers set out to create the Constitutional Republic that is America. Contrary to public opinion, we are NOT a democracy – because in a democracy the mob rules and minority rights are non-existant. THIS is why it is our DUTY to keep our elected officials on short leashes with tight reigns.

If you are not appalled by this, then there is no hope for you; and I can only pray that the majority feel as I do.

Whatever has happened to the America I was born into? THIS is NOT it.

No fat people allowed: Only the slim will be allowed to dine in public!

It has actually happened. Lawmakers have proposed legislation that forbids restaurants and food establishments from serving food to anyone who is obese (as defined by the State). Under this bill, food establishments are to be monitored for compliance under the State Department of Health and violators will have their business permits revoked.

House Bill 282 was introduced in the 2008 Mississippi legislative session on Friday by Representative W.T. Mayhall, Jr., a retired pharmaceutical salesman with DuPont-Merk. Its co-authors are Bobby Shows, a businessman, and John Read, a pharmacist.

The full text reads:

HOUSE BILL NO. 282

An act to prohibit certain food establishments from serving food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the state department of health; to direct the department to prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese and to provide those materials to the food establishments; to direct the department to monitor the food establishments for compliance with the provisions of this act; and for related purposes. Be it enacted by the legislature of the state of Mississippi:

SECTION 1.

(1) The provisions of this section shall apply to any food establishment that is required to obtain a permit from the State Department of Health under Section 41-3-15(4)(f), that operates primarily in an enclosed facility and that has five (5) or more seats for customers.

(2) 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 established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.

(3) The State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2.

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2008.

Should this pass, scales will appear at the door of restaurants, people with BMIs of 30 or higher won’t be allowed to be served. And to comply with government regulations, restaurants will have to keep records of patrons’ BMIs.

Is this a tongue-in-cheek bill, meant to point out how absurd the war on obesity has become? Or do lawmakers actually believe the myths that gluttony is the cause for obesity and that it is the government’s role to force people to eat and live how it deems best?

I called lead author, Rep. Mayhall, and asked if this was serious legislation or tongue-in-cheek to make a point. He kindly took a moment to answer my question while the legislature was in session. He said that while, regrettably, he doesn’t believe his bill will pass, this is serious. He wrote it, he said, because of the “urgency of the obesity crisis and need for government action.” He hopes it will “call attention to the serious problem of obesity and what it is costing the Medicare system.”

So, yes, this is for real and these elected officials actually believe this stuff.

The time is now for all Americans who value their freedom to eat, look, breathe and live their lives how they choose to unite!

Link to Junkfood Science Blog

Link to Full Text of House Bill 282

Link to United States Constitution

Thanks to Jalestra for posting this on the TobaccoAnalysis Blog.

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~ by swfreedomlover on January 31, 2008.

2 Responses to “The Food Police Cometh!”

  1. Yup, can anyone tell me where the home of the free and land of the brave is? I seem to have woken up in a third world country and all my freedom is gone. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. I put a blog up about this also, only I included the names of the legislators responsible for the bill. I thought their constituents might want a say in this….. LMAO

  2. Ummmmm CMD? You’ll notice the piece also includes the names of the persons responsible for this bill……links and all.

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