Shirt? Check. Shoes? Check. Acceptable Body Mass Index? Ummm.....

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Update: For another entrant into the below-mentioned department of legislation, check out this oldie but goodie from 2006: a Democrat State Senator from Ohio filing legislation that would make it illegal for registered Republicans to adopt in that state.

From the department of "ridiculous legislation ostensibly submitted for the purpose of getting folks' attention" comes this gem from Mississippi.

Known by the stimulating and descriptive title of "House Bill No. 282," legislation has been introduced in the Mississippi state assembly that would prevent restaurants from...serving obese people.

Read on.

From the bill itself, 282 is:

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.

Those "certain food establishments" are later clarified by the bill as being "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."

Now, the chief sponsor of HB 282, Republican state Rep. Ted Mayhall, says that he doesn't expect -- or want -- this bill to pass. According to ABC24:

"I do not have any intention of this becoming law," says the Desoto County Republican. "I don't think it has a Chinaman's chance. I'm against intrusive government. I don't think that's what we're here for and what we should be doing."

So why draft such controversial legislation?

"The reason I put the bill in," says Mayhall, "was to call attention to the seriousness of the obesity epidemic in Mississippi."

Mississippi has ranked number one in the nation for obesity three years running.

Mayhall says that fully 30% of adults in the state are obese, and that, "with Mississippi's Medicaid program $168 million dollars in the red this year," illnesses related to obesity -- like diabetes -- are "draining the state's budget."

We'll see if this motivates folks to make some lifestyle changes on their own. While governmental regulation shouldn't be necessary to stem America's growing obesity epidemic -- which is very real, as anybody looking around an airport can see for themselves these days -- legislation like this can serve as excellent comic relief, as well as a wake-up call.

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...but didn't have time to post anything til tonight. The early bird, etc, etc, eh?

So this Republican decides that the best way to generate visibility to the problem is to introduce a bill like this? Regardless whether the bill has a chance to pass or not, it sends the message once again that government is the answer to our problems.

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That this man who heads the House Public Health committee has promised to kill it. As you can see from the picture, he might not be able to eat in many restaurants should it become law.

What the heck are you talking about? The chinaman is not the issue here, Dude. I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line, you DO NOT... Also, Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

"Hey, I call 'em like I see 'em. I'm a whale biologist."

So tell us will the rocket scientists behind the counter at McD's wield Body Mass Indicators, those nice little calipers, or will they have to hire a dietitian at each location to slow things down even more. Will you have to get out of your car at the drive through to check out your jelly belly? Will obese people be allowed to serve the food? I mean there will be allot of unemployed people in the fast food industry that or they'll be chewing on carrot sticks during their lunch break.

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You need a permit to buy a handgun, why not require a permit to buy a big mac?
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It looked about as good as a McDs cheese burger. ;)



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At 8 bucks for a cheeseburger its a bit steep though.
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Somehow I doubt the burger looks much like that when you take it out of the can.
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These same people would have to stand in line with the gun owners. Unfortunately it was the same line as the sex offenders.



Fighting for conservatism one day at a time.

Sounds like he's about as conservative as some who ran this time around.
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"Hey, I call 'em like I see 'em. I'm a whale biologist."

Mandatory premiums to be adjusted based risk factors, e.g. BMI, smoking, cholesterol, dangerous activities (like bike-riding). If the state's footing the bill, the state has an interest in cost management.

You can't afford the price of free corn.

But consumers should be exposed to the costs of health care. Its the only way to bring down costs.

Employee tobacco usage % is already a price factor for corporate health care rates. I wouldn't be surprised, if obesity and cholesterol were soon to follow.

by a Republican no less. haha laugh it up.......But beware, you just know some Mass. liberal will scribble a few notes to be used later.

He makes it sound like the state is going broke because people are eating too much. I HIGHLY doubt this. I'd also like to see how they classify "obese".

Yes, there are probably some cases where Medicaid recipients are overweight. That's nothing new. But if he's really worried about the Medicaid budget, maybe he should check into the money spent on illegal aliens and their kids. It's practically killing Medicaid in my state.

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If this guy is half as conniving as I am, he introduced this bill and explained it in this way to help pave the way to cutting back Medicaid spending in his state.

Think about it:
The bill is introduced, goes down in flames, and someone, maybe even the same guy, stands up and says, "Fine! So what DO we do about the spiralling Medicaid costs?! You don't like My idea, how about some of your own?"

I know the guy is a politician, but I can't help but hope that he's got half the brain God gave an earthworm...

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