It does not seem likely that a bill introduced by Mississippi legislators designed to penalize restaurants for serving obese people will pass. But I have to wonder where the incentive to introduce such a thing comes from. It seems like such a weird idea.
Unlike bans on smoking in public places that actually protect those who have chosen not to smoke from becoming ill via second hand smoke, a ban like this would protect no one and punish everyone involved.
Overweight restaurant patrons would be humiliated by being refused service, and restaurant owners would be forced to forfeit income from customers that collectively represent 30 % of the population of Mississippi. [You read that right. According to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2006 at least 30 percent of the population of Mississippi was classified as obese. ] Moreover, apart from the few people who would be shamed into eating less, such a ban would only send over-eaters to the supermarket to satisfy their appetites.
In candor, this kind of stuff makes me scratch my nearly bald head and wonder if any of it is true. It's such an inflammatory and doomed political gambit that I can't believe anyone other than Al Sharpton could have dreamed it up.
It's that stupid.
Mississippi Pols Seek To Ban Fats