The Knuckleheads of the Day award

Today’s winners are Mississippi State RepresentativesW. T. Mayhall, Jr, Bobby Shows, and John Read. They get the award for sponsoring the following legislation.

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.

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(2) 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.

I guess MS restaurants will need a scale at the front door if this legislation became law. That would almost certainly eliminate fast food drive-thru lanes.

How about places that sell take out or deliver food? If Mayhall is so concerned about overweight people, why not put restrictions on what food supermarkets can sell to the overweight. No beef for you sir, you must eat salad for the next nine days. The cashier will tell people. Reminds me of jokes the comedian Robert Klein told about the guy at the beach who tells swimmers how long before they can enter the water after eating.

This legislation is impractical, dumb, meddling in people’s lives, a unwanted distraction for the health department from more important concerns, you can just go down the list. That’s why I name(by popular demand) Mississippi State Representatives W. T. Mayhall, Jr, Bobby Shows, and John Read today’s Knuckleheads of the Day.

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