Without Measure (WOM) 365

February 2, 2008

Mississippi HOUSE BILL NO. 282: No Fat Person May Dine Here

Filed under: ISAA,size acceptance,Uncategorized — laurelnymph @ 5:15 pm

Mississippi House Bill 282, full text, was introduced in the 2008 Mississippi legislative session on Friday by Representative W.T. Mayhall, Jr., a retired pharmaceutical salesman with DuPont-Merk. Its co-authors are Bobby Shows, a businessman, and John Read, a pharmacist.

This proposed bill would make discrimination and segregation based on a person’s body size and composition legal in the state of Mississippi and needs to be addressed by any and all Americans who value their own liberties and rights.

Of course, whenever there is a contact made with a legislator or any other public official, politeness is very important to the message. 

As a disclaimer, neither ISAA nor I are advocating hate mail, vandalism, or anything else illegal or ethically questionable in posting this info. Again, please be polite, informative, and as brief as possible when contacting these honorable, albeit misguided in this proposed bill, legislators. Thank you.

So, the contact information is as follows:

Lead Author: Representative W. T. Mayhall, Jr. (R)
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215

Co-Author: Representative Bobby Shows (D)
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215

Co-Author: Representative John Read (R)
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215

 My personal email to these honorable legislators:

Mississippi HB 282

Please reconsider and withdraw the Mississippi House Bill 282 (http://billstatus. ls.state. ms.us/2008/ pdf/history/ HB/HB0282. xml), authored by Representative W. T. Mayhall, Jr. of District 40 and co-authored by Representative Bobby Shows and Representative John Read, which is “an act to prohibit certain food establishments from serving food to any person who is obese.” This bill is nothing less than the proposed segregation of people according to the size and composition of their bodies and based on a flawed measuring device, the BMI, and false reasoning based on assumptions, failed/ incomplete/ corrupted/ disproven supposed research if citizen’s health, medical research, or even balancing budgets are blamed for this proposal. This proposed legal discrimination against people based on fat phobia and hatred would not only harm those deemed of legal and enforcable arbitrarily-set dimensions but would also harm businesses and, ultimately, your state budget and reputation.
Thank you.
Ms. Daphne Bradshaw



  1. I think this bill is no less than segregation by size and I think it’s a useless one as well…as people will get food at home anyway..won’t they??
    if people want junk food..they’ll get it…
    why should we deprive people of social contacts around food because of their BMI????!!
    Should we force people under a normal BMI to go to the restaurant????
    this is pure inepty….
    well..just my opinion…with my 19 BMI!!

    Comment by Anne Lorgeoux — February 2, 2008 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  2. A slim relative, 3 years younger than I am was recently double stented for 95 percent blockage in the main cardiac artery. She was so intent on keeping off the weight that she smoked so she wouldn’t eat. And has bugged fat family members about weight quite often.

    Has anyone noticed that illness happens to slim folks just as often as it happens to fat folks?

    It truly amazes me how schizophrenic this society can be at times.

    Nice letter, Daphne!

    Comment by SueW — February 2, 2008 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  3. This is Mississippi, where the Klan never died. Considering that obesity appears to be scewed towards minorities this is just more Jim Crow updated for the 21st Century.

    This underscores the need for a “New Texas” amendment to the constitution (cf H. Beam Piper and H.L. Menken). Politicians would be less inclined to pull stupids like this if they knew we could legally drag them behind the woodshed for the butt-whipping Daddy never gave them.

    Comment by Frank — February 3, 2008 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  4. The Mississippi Board of Tourism would love to learn that you will be spending your vacation dollars somewhere else thanks to this bill.


    Comment by Frank — February 3, 2008 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  5. What is this world coming too…lol!

    Comment by T-Bone — February 3, 2008 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  6. If you are really concerned about the health and well being of the obese citizens of the state of Mississippi…then why not propose a plan that would enable and promote weight loss and healthier eating habits. Such as implementing weight loss programs and education. It is a problem that needs to be addressed, but it is ridiculous for you to think that a bill like this one would ever fly.

    Comment by Cynthia Edwards — February 4, 2008 @ 6:29 am | Reply

  7. Mr. Read, you have got to be kidding!
    Obese people are already being discriminated against in this country. They don’t need you to make it harder for them. I have been both thin and obese in my lifetime and I was definitely treated differently, by most people, when I was obese… and NOT in a positive way! By the way, I saw you on the news this morning … how much do you weigh?

    Comment by Ellen — February 5, 2008 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  8. I invite everyone who uses words like “fat”, “obese”, and “overweight” in an effort to marginalize people to substitute any other discriptor and see if it flies.
    Can you imagine walking into a restaurant and being told “sorry, we can’t serve you because you’re …black, Mexican, a Jew, Catholic, disabled, gay, deaf, or poor? Feel free to fill in the blank….
    Bias against large people seems to be the last acceptable prejudice. Government-sanctioned no less!
    Proof once again that some folks are naturally prone to hate. Very sad.
    Chris, Alta, Wyoming

    Comment by Chris — February 5, 2008 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  9. Stupid: Why do you think you can get away with discrimination. How dare you? It is illigal as you damn well know. I think all obese people in the State of GA should start a class action suit against you and your buddies.
    If I used the word, blacks, Mexican, Jew,Moslem, etc…I would be taken to jail. Chris from WYO said it all.
    Gayle, Minnesota

    Comment by Gayle — February 5, 2008 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  10. You should definitely be removed from office for this … and charged with a hate crime! How dare you!

    Comment by BR — February 9, 2008 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  11. First they came for the smokers…

    Comment by VanHammersly — February 17, 2008 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  12. This pisses me offfffffffffffff!

    Comment by erichankins — March 17, 2012 @ 7:21 am | Reply

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