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State considers obesity ban


A Mississippi legislator wants to ban restaurants from serving food to obese customers – but please, don’t be offended.

A Mississippi legislator wants to ban restaurants from serving food to obese customers – but please, don’t be offended.

He says he never even expected his plan to become law.

Representative John Read says he was “trying to shed a little light on the number one problem in Mississippi.”
More than 30 per cent of adults in Mississippi are considered obese, according to a 2007 study by a research group that focuses on disease prevention.

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The bill offers no specifics about how obesity would be defined, or how restaurants are supposed to determine if a customer is obese.

The state House Public Health Committee chairman, Democrat Steve Holland, says he is going to “shred” the bill. “It is too oppressive for government to require a restaurant owner to police another human being from their own indiscretions,” Holland said.