Here’s another new, disturbing example of the endless encroachment of the nanny state: a new bill proposed in Mississippi would make it illegal for restaurants to feed anyone who is obese.

“Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.”

If this passes, will restaurants in Mississippi have to install scales to make sure no one who meets the obesity criteria gets served?
The lifestyle Nazis* continue their march.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.”
–C. S. Lewis


*As indicated from the link, I acquired that term from the brilliant Dr. Walter E. Williams; and I maintain that it is not mere hyperbole.


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One Response to “Disturbing”

  1. Moving the window « Twisted One 151’s Weblog Says:

    […] the legislator who proposed the bill in Mississippi to prohibit restaurants from serving the obese (mentioned in my earlier post) has done so not with the intent of getting it passed, but to prompt “more reasonable” […]

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