Mississsippi wants to stop serving fat people and athletes in restaurants

AUSTIN, TX – The International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA) opposes and condemns Mississippi House Bill 282, proposed by Representative W. T. Mayhall, Jr. of District 40, which is "an act to prohibit certain food establishments from serving food to any person who is obese." In the unlikely possibility that this legislation actually passes, it would allow restaurants to refuse service to anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. The bill does not specify how restaurants should check for BMI but it does state that "the State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section."

The bill was killed, but what kind of society do we live in that it could even be suggested that restaurants be prohibited from serving obese people by STATE LAW at the risk of having their restaurant shut down.  What’s next – grocery stores can’t sell us food either?  Nationally required "fat camps" until we all look like the stereotype?

For the record, when I was hospitalized FOR AN EATING DISORDER, my BMI was 27.4, still classified as "overweight"  and less than three points away from not being allowed to eat in a restaurant if this bill passed (I was 5’1 and weighed 145 lbs with 9% body fat – dangerously low for a woman.)

For those not in the know, BMI is simply a measurement of weight in relationship to height which has been shown to have some serious issues with actually understanding the level of your health.  At the most basic level, it does not take into account body frame, musculature, bone density etc. so many professional atheletes have BMIs that are "obese", Arnold being the classic example.

For more interesting information you can check out this article:
http://features.us.reuters.com/wellbeing/news/ECD646C8-7DA9-11DC-8F19-62106240.html

And check out The BMI project where pictures are related to BMI – just click on the picture to find out if the person is classified as underweight, overweight or obese – you might be surprised.  I definitely was. 

http://flickr.com/photos/77367764@N00/sets/72157602199008819/

What the fuck people?

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