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Mississippi to Ban Feeding the Obese

Scarlett Johansson from The Nanny Diaries

You know, after our last YGAW (Your Government at Work) post about energy drinks, I’m sure there were some of you out there that thought, “Gee, Widge, things aren’t that bad with government. It’s just Kentucky. That’s one state. Surely it’s just the lawmakers in Kentucky that have inserted their heads up their own rectums.”


Submitted as Exhibit B: House Bill 282 from the State of Mississippi. The following text has been retyped to actually be in upper and lower case letters so it doesn’t look like the bill in question is shouting at you even though, in reality, it 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.”

[ad#longpost]That’s great–in Kentucky kids are too stupid to use energy drinks with any common sense but convenience store clerks are experts in energy drink compositions and in Mississippi, if you’re obese (definition TBA) then you need to be protected from yourself by not eating at certain restaurants (definition TBA). Notice it’s the restaurants that are prohibited to serve rather than the people prohibited to eat there, because to legislators, people are just mindless sheep that can’t possibly be held accountable for their own actions, the poor dears.

There’s just two last things I want to say about this. One, you’d think with all the money we pour into our government here in the U.S., if there was going to be a nanny government, they would at least it could look like Scarlett Johansson. Two, if you think that there are no issues with this type of legislation, please never breed.

Found via Junk Food Blog.