Playstation obesity, you want fries with that?


FRIDAY 2-08-08….I’ve spent a lot of time with Tidbits covering the so- called obesity epidemic. Mostly, I’ve pointed out that in order to stay trim and fit, calories in must equal calories out. The obesity epidemic is caused by too many calories going in, and not enough being burned off. It’s not MacDonald’s or Burger King’s fault. It’s not because restaurants are serving big portions.

If we want to play the blame game, we could start with TV remote controls, play stations, self-propelled lawnmowers, electric can openers, automatic garage door openers and other modern-day labor-saving devices. In spite of the obvious, a bunch of nattering nabobs have taken it upon themselves to become “food cops”. As a result, we’ve seen soda pop and cupcakes referred to as “toxic” food and banned on school campuses. Cheese and crackers referred to as ‘heroin on a cracker.”

There’ve been lawsuits trying to force restaurants to include caloric counts on all their menus. There’ve been ordinances approved regulating the number of fast food restaurants in certain districts in New York and New Jersey. So….it should not come as a shock or a surprise to hear that legislation has been introduced in Mississippi that would make it illegal for restaurants to serve obese patrons. No, I’m not kidding, or making this up.

The bill introduced by three members of the state’s House of Representatives, Republicans W.T. Mayhall, Jr, and John Read, along with Democrat Bobby Shows. The bill proposes that the state’s Department of Health establish weight criteria after consultation with Mississippi’s council on Obesity. It doesn’t detail what penalties restaurants would face if they’re caught serving someone with an excessive body mass index.

If the bill passes, the penalties for restaurants would be established later. It’s Bill number 282….and we’ll watch that one to see just how far these nattering nabobs will go.


3 Responses

  1. This tidbit sure stirred my appetite. Maybe a few politicians should be added to the menu.

    Unfortunately many politicians are probably too oily and stringy to be served as anything other than loose meat and gravy on toast.

    Of course, nearly anything goes well with cream of mushroom soup,

    How about this for an appetizer —

    Deep, pork-barrel fat, fried politician rinds liberally sprinkled with cayenne, garlic powder, and sea salt. That could make for a tempting taste treat!

  2. David…I love it. Next stop, The “Whistlestop Cafe’…and those BBQ ribs will be served up…to all assenting citizens with “Fried Green Tomatoes, of course…yummy thought!

    This is the trouble with BIG government having it’s hand not only in our affairs but in our wallets…they begin to think they should control everything. Right on the heals of the legislation will come the lawsuits by individuals against various restaurants or food producers.

    We have brought this monster of a tidbit on ourselves…some of us cheering and others kicking and screaming all the way. What a shame that America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, has come to this.

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