As reported by Sandy at the blog JunkFoodScience:
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.
Sandy called Rep. Mayhall to see if this was serious or sensationalist. He assured her that, while he doesn’t think the bill will pass (Duh, you think?), he is completely serious. I’m really quite speechless.
For all of you who doubt fat is one of the last acceptable forms of discrimination, what say you now?