Should obese people be banned from restaurants?
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.
That's right: Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows have introduced a bill that would make it illegal for restaurants to serve food to obese people.
The bill would let the health department revoke the license of any restaurant caught serving food to obese people.
Of course, I have to think the bill has literally no chance of passing -- It's so obviously ridiculous that it isn't worth commenting on. but if it were to pass, Mississippi restaurateurs would be in trouble: it's the fattest state in the union with an obesity rate pegged at around 30%.
And that 30% is probably responsible for 60% of restaurant revenues.