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New bill would make it illegal for restaurants to serve the obese
The Smoking Gun ^ | 2/1/08 | The Smoking Gun

Posted on 02/01/2008 4:38:48 PM PST by freemike

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To: mollynme

YES!! Thanks for reminding me of the title.


201 posted on 02/02/2008 9:22:58 AM PST by radiohead (I stood up for Fred at the Iowa Caucus. Where were the rest of you so-called conservatives?)
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To: Disambiguator

“without turning sideways”

???

I thought fat people were thicker front to back than they are side to side! So what good would turning sideways do?

I don’t like the width rule. I think a person should be allowed to be as big as they can get so long as they have the muscle and cardio capacity to haul that girth around swiftly. I’d put them on one of those motorized stairclimbers that look like mini escalators and turn it up fast for about one minute, or maybe 30 seconds would do. If you can keep up with it on high speed for a minute, you are allowed to be fat. Obviously pregnant women and nursing mothers would have to be exempted.


202 posted on 02/02/2008 9:47:02 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

It’s kind of an inside joke. An old friend of mine had an aunt who couldn’t go through doors in her house without turning sideways.


203 posted on 02/02/2008 9:55:45 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator

Amazingly wide hips?


204 posted on 02/02/2008 9:57:01 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
Amazingly wide hips?

Probably that plus some extra padding.

205 posted on 02/02/2008 10:18:46 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator

“You NEVER KNOW why a person appears unusually heavy.

There are certainly exceptions, but if you spend any time in a Walmart, start looking at what is in the carts of gravitationally-challenged people. It will answer a lot of questions.”

Sure, you can see people buying a lot of “junk food.”

Maybe the guy who sits at work all day but still eats three squares is “morbidly obese.” Is he less moral than my niece, who eats and then barfs? She is nice and thin.

Or my acquaintance, who eats lots of junk food, publicly and unashamedly, but is still thin for some reason.

You’d look at my niece or my acquaintance and think, hey, they are healthy, stable, normal, self-controlled people. But you would be wrong.

You’d look at the morbidly obese guy and say, “what a pig.” But maybe he’s not really a pig.


206 posted on 02/02/2008 11:44:23 AM PST by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: Gabz

I saw this yesterday. Some fools still think that millions of dollars are being spent and made with the anti smoking movement so that they don’t have to be annoyed by smoke, not to coerce smokers to quit the habit that displeases the State.

If Gubmint is paying for the healthcare costs through Medicare and Medicaid and SCHIP , they have a vested interest in reducing their costs.

Welcome to Socialism. This crap won’t pass, but fast food taxes will as a start somewhere.


207 posted on 02/02/2008 11:55:50 AM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Gabz
I've dealt with a large number of smoke gnatzies over the years, and the vast majority of them should be talking to Jenny Craig....if you get my drift :)

With apologies to every 300 lb fat women with cell phones on FR...if I had a dollar for every annoying fat woman on a cell phone who complained about my smoking in a bar....

Schadenfreude is priceless. Shut up and get on the boxcar!

208 posted on 02/02/2008 12:00:34 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Marie2

Except that there are all the holier than thou’s who completely blame being *fat* on eating habits.

I read something somewhere that proposed that some overweight people are actually in better condition than thin people because they know they are overweight and work at doing what they can about it by eating right and exercising, thus making them more fit than the skinny person who lives on junk food and doesn’t do anything.

I have two daughters. One is skinny as can be, can eat anything she wants, and gets a reasonable amount of exercise because she knows it’s important. Her sister is a good 30 pounds heavier, eats the same, runs track, and has trouble keeping weight off. They each take after a different side of the family in physique and apparently metabolism.

Blaming it strictly on eating habits is an easy answer.


209 posted on 02/02/2008 1:02:12 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

Boy are you dense! It’s not about who eats more than you and weighs less than you. You adjust your own personal food intake and activity level to make your own weight appropriate. If you have to eat 10% less than someone else in order to maintain a healthy weight, then so be it. Just shut up and do it.

If one person has to study twice as hard as another to pass trigonometry, do we tell them it’s ok to fail because they aren’t getting it as easily as others? OF COURSE NOT!

Well, maybe you would. But if you did, I’d criticize you for that too.


210 posted on 02/02/2008 2:42:12 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
It’s not about who eats more than you and weighs less than you. You adjust your own personal food intake and activity level to make your own weight appropriate. If you have to eat 10% less than someone else in order to maintain a healthy weight, then so be it.

No kidding. Speaking of dense, you missed the whole point. I never said you didn't.

But I guess if you want to criticize someone for something because you missed their point, you do have to make stuff up.

211 posted on 02/02/2008 2:54:13 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Gabz

I was sure this was some kind of humorous post.

God almighty,it is real .

Madness reigns supreme.


212 posted on 02/02/2008 4:01:38 PM PST by Mears
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To: Bernard Marx

You are right,it started in the sixties and the decline progressed from there..

I loved the fifties,yet they seem to be the butt of jokes all the time. Personal responsibility reigned,along with a good dose of “Mind your own business”.


213 posted on 02/02/2008 4:11:16 PM PST by Mears
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To: Nervous Tick

I think she is reaching in her feed sack.


214 posted on 02/02/2008 4:14:37 PM PST by muggs
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To: metmom
Blaming it strictly on eating habits is an easy answer.

Of course it is, for exactly the reasons you state, some people just don't want to "think" about anything.

My mother and her sister were very similar as your daughters. Other than when pregnant my mother never weighed more than 125 in her life, and was close to 5'11". Her older sister, OTOH, always had to struggle with her weight even though she was always the more athletic of the 2. My aunt was never fat, but never looked like my mother either, she's just a big woman.

She will be 75 this month and we enjoy sharing recipes for all sorts of things, including jellies and cookies, and send each other our latest concoctions........my mother passed away a year or so ago.

215 posted on 02/02/2008 6:26:49 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz

The only people who are experts on how easy or simple it is to lose weight, are the skinnies, those who never had to fight it. I should know; I used to be one and I had the same snotty attitude.

I had a high metabolism and could eat any thing and any amount of any thing I wanted, and it never showed. I had kids and those days were over. I eat better now than ever and exercise and still fight to not gain weight and lose it if I do.


216 posted on 02/02/2008 6:54:22 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

I understand where you are coming from, and generally agree with you.........BUT.......

There are some of us skinnies that have the opposite problem, we are unable to gain no matter how well or poorly we eat. In October of ‘06 I was told to put on at least 20 pounds. I put on 6 within 6 weeks, which was a great start, or so I was told. I still weigh the same as I did then, more than a year later.

Many of us skinnies sympathize because of the opposite problem. Unfortunately there seem to be nearly as many who don’t understand a problem like mine as there are who don’t understand yours.


217 posted on 02/02/2008 7:03:09 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz

I can see your point of view. My skinny daughter would like to put on a few, but can’t. What she especially hates is that she knows people look at her and think “anorexic”. But she’s not. She doesn’t have that emaciated or wasted look. She was born that way and hasn’t changed since. I have baby pictures of her and all you see is arms and legs. 21 “ long and 7 pounds. It’s always be 90% for height, and 10% for weight. She made it up to 50% just before she started walking. Once she walked that was over for good.

However, being skinny is still more socially acceptable than being fat. Doctors generally don’t ride skinny people about their blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc. They’re not condemned for the burden they put on the health care system even though they may have all those problems anyway.


218 posted on 02/02/2008 7:11:08 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Gabz

I’m willing to donate a few....


219 posted on 02/02/2008 7:11:37 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: freemike

Small minds shouldn’t be entrusted with too much power.

There are many intelligent, patriotic, knowledgeable, citizens in this country with an abundance of good ole common sense. Why do so few of them run for gov’t office???

Nevermind...I know a number of reasons, but it still frustrates me no end.


220 posted on 02/02/2008 7:16:31 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: metmom

You’re right about the “socially acceptable” aspect, which is why I oppose the nanny state stupidity. What is “socially acceptable” is totally subjective.

Your daughter sounds like mine. She was 19” long and 5lbs 14oz.

Interestingly enough, my blood pressure (low), cholesterol (high), and diabetes were all what the docs were getting on me about to gain weight. My blood pressure remains the same, just like it has all my life, my cholesterol is normal, and my blood sugar levels remain at the low end of normal........but I don’t gain weight.

A close friend of mine is seriously overweight, bordering on obese and we have discussions like this fairly often. She has told me on numerous occasions of people saying to her to tell me to eat something, and I’ve told her of people telling me she should do something about her weight. We actually laugh about it.


221 posted on 02/02/2008 7:35:46 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: sionnsar

This would be a massive gift to organized crime, and the indians who are already cleaning up from casinos on indian land who can now go on to open fried chicken joints and buffets. Speakeasies and black market food vendors will thrive. Do they think this won’t happen?


222 posted on 02/02/2008 7:35:59 PM PST by coydog (Keep Canada green - paint a Liberal!)
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To: Gabz
She has told me on numerous occasions of people saying to her to tell me to eat something, and I’ve told her of people telling me she should do something about her weight.

Amazing, isn't it, that people want to have someone tell others that they should do something about their weight? Like they haven't figured this out already on their own? Like fat people don't know they're fat and skinny people don't know they're skinny? And maybe they ARE trying to do something about it?

If they're that concerned about someone's weight, why don't they say something about it themselves instead of sending someone else to do it?

Cowards.

223 posted on 02/02/2008 7:51:54 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
Cowards.

BINGO!!!!!!!

And that is what causes these stupid nanny-state idiocies. People expect others to do their dirty work for them.

I know why my friend is overweight and she knows why I am underweight, and we know both of us do what we can to change and so just laugh off what others say to each other. To those that fault either of us we give them whatfor!

224 posted on 02/02/2008 8:11:50 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: lonevoice

It’s things like this that almost make me want to vote for Ron Paul.


225 posted on 02/02/2008 11:33:19 PM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: mtrott

“Interesting, I was at a company meeting this week and the topic came up among a bunch of guys about city laws outlawing all smoking in restaurants. My partner, who is a great fellow and very republican, sadly was all for it, saying he didn’t want to have to take his two year old daughter into a restaurant and expose her to the smoke.”

To folks like that, I say, “If you are so desirous of bringing your 2 year old daughter into the places I frequent, then you don’t object to all sorts of seedy characters showing up at Chuckie Cheese, right?” That usually shuts them down pretty quick.


226 posted on 02/04/2008 7:51:36 AM PST by CSM ("Dogs and beer. Proof that God loves us.- Al Gator (8/24/2007))
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To: cripplecreek
“And they wonder why threatening us with democrats doesn't’t work anymore”.

Winner!

A future tag line to be sure.

227 posted on 02/04/2008 7:54:30 AM PST by alarm rider (Why should I not vote my conscience?)
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To: CSM

I’ll have to remember that one.


228 posted on 02/04/2008 7:59:36 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Yep, I get amazed at the number of people that express a desire to bring their kidlettes into the blue collar, neighborhood bars that I frequent. I have no desire to go to McDonald’s playlands or Chuckie Cheese. Let’s just chose to stay away from each other....


229 posted on 02/04/2008 8:13:46 AM PST by CSM ("Dogs and beer. Proof that God loves us.- Al Gator (8/24/2007))
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To: freemike
“Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons.”

It’s my understanding that the Mississippi legislature has no intention of passing this bill. It is supposedly just a ploy t draw attention to the problem of obesity. However, I suppose there is some legitimate rationale to this idea. After all, many medical plans already charge a premium for additional risk behavior such as smoking. However, on the other-hand, to my knowledge there is no premium charged for those who ride a motorcycle without a helmet. While I do believe that one has right to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, I also do believe that I should not have to pay for their medical bills and long term care, should they survive, for their stupidity. Guess it comes down to whether one prefers the socialist model of shared responsibility or the more libertarian model of individual responsibility. So, there are two sides to this coin I suppose...

230 posted on 02/07/2008 6:13:39 AM PST by snoringbear (')
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