Most obese US state bans food portion restrictions

March 19, 2013 by Associated Press

The most obese state in the U.S. now says local governments can't restrict the sizes of food or drink portions.

The new Mississippi law is seen by some as a reaction to the recent New York City proposal to ban the sale of super-sized . A judge blocked that ban last week after protests by the soda industry and others who said the government shouldn't interfere in personal choices.

The Mississippi law says local governments can't require restaurants to list on menus. It was pushed by the state restaurant association and chicken growers, among others.

New York City Mayor has called the law "ridiculous."

Federal rankings show nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very fat in 2011, the worst rate in the nation. Mississippi is also the poorest state in the country, and a significant amount of its Deep South cuisine is also deep-fried.

. Phil Bryant signed the food portion bill into law Monday.

"It is simply not the role of government to micro-regulate citizens' dietary decisions," Bryant said in a statement. "The responsibility for one's personal health depends on individual choices about a proper diet and appropriate exercise."

Mark Leggett, president of the Mississippi Poultry Association, said consumers shouldn't face a patchwork of local regulations for food labeling or portion sizes.

Bryant said the new law won't prevent "laudable efforts by local schools to ensure that food offered in schools is healthy and nutritious."

The governor cited research that showed among young school students in Mississippi declined by 13.3 percent between 2005 and 2011, as schools banned soft drinks and moved away from deep-frying chicken and other foods.

talked about the same statistics Feb. 27 when she went to a Mississippi school to promote her "Let's Move" campaign to end .

Bryant has said he was overweight as a child. He has been a runner for years.

"Leading a healthy lifestyle is important to me, and it is a personal priority of mine to educate Mississippians on the importance of making good health decisions," Bryant said.

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2.6 / 5 (5) Mar 19, 2013
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the food portion bill into law Monday. "It is simply not the role of government to micro-regulate citizens' dietary decisions," Bryant said in a statement. "The responsibility for one's personal health depends on individual choices about a proper diet and appropriate exercise."


People have a right to know what's in the food they are eating. How can they make "healthy" choices if they don't know?

You're a damned moron.

Don't I have a RIGHT to know what I'm being served?

Oh, I get it, this fool probably owns a restaurant and would stand to lose money if there were such a law.

Personally, I eat double stack from most burger places when I go, but it would help me a lot of they were banned from selling them, because then it wouldn't be a willpower issue.

We have too many "freedoms" in the U.S.

Fewer "freedoms" would mean less alcohol accidents, less obesity, and less mass shootings.

Fewer "freedoms" would make us more free. Serious.
1 / 5 (1) Mar 19, 2013
You eat a too-big hamburger and then blame somebody else?
There are some people who never eat fast food, smoke, drink or play video games... by choice. It just takes practice.
2.8 / 5 (4) Mar 19, 2013
Ah, but it's more complicated than that.

Capitalism brainwashed my generation to want fast food. Although it's no longer on television, Burger King, McDonalds, and Wendy's, and oh yeah, Popeye's chicken; advertised to us every segment for the first 20 years of my life.

Like for example, I've noticed that on some days, even if I already ate something that was reasonable, I end up craving anyway, and the only thing stops it is fast food.

If I eat the fast food first, I don't have the craving.

If I eat a "healthy" food first, I end up craving anyway, and then go to the fast food restaurant.

Yes, I know that's bad, and it's even unhealthy and irrational, but that's just the way it is.

I'm convinced they add some sort of drug to the food to make you crave it.

p.s. I never smoke or drink and I consider both of them to be inherently evil in most cases...
2.8 / 5 (4) Mar 19, 2013

Why is he blocking me from having a right to know what's in the fast food, and why I crave it like a drug addiction?!

It's like Coca Cola literally had Cocaine in it at one time. What if the food is being drugged like that, and they're just concealing it somehow? It would explain a lot.

Yet supposedly I don't have diabetes or any other basic metabolic problem.
5 / 5 (3) Mar 19, 2013
Fattest state in the nation or just the most embarrassing? Trick question! The answer is both, and they plan on keeping it that way.

At least the politicians vote in their own self-interest. The general populace here in MS isn't even smart enough to do that much.
3 / 5 (2) Mar 20, 2013
At least the politicians vote in their own self-interest. The general populace here in MS isn't even smart enough to do that much.


Louisiana is no better, trust me.

Some of the middle aged people around here think words like "education" and "computer" are curse words.
5 / 5 (1) Mar 24, 2013
Childish Republican reaction to ex-Republican Bloomberg's initiatives?
If I lived in Mississippi, this would bug me because as a citizen, this might not reflect my wishes, but rather the ability of some large powerful interests to control my government.

If I were a chamber of commerce, I'd be a little concerned in that the view of Mississippi this engenders (full of obese gluttons who are willfully so) is not one attractive to outside businesses that might consider establishing a presence in my state.

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