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State With Highest Obesity Rate Passes ‘Anti-Bloomberg Bill’ To Ban Food Regulation

Mississippi; feels like stupid.

Mississippi — where about one in three adults is at least 30 pounds heavier than a healthy weight — isn’t on board with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to combat obesity rates by regulating large sugary drinks. In fact, lawmakers in Mississippi want to be absolutely certain their own local officials won’t implement the same kind of public health initiatives. A bill awaiting Gov. Phil Bryant’s (R) signature would prevent any Mississippi county from taking steps to address the obesity epidemic by regulating the food and beverage industries:

A bill now on the governor’s desk would bar counties and towns from enacting rules that require calorie counts to be posted, that cap portion sizes, or that keep toys out of kids’ meals. “The Anti-Bloomberg Bill” garnered wide bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature in a state where one in three adults is obese, the highest rate in the nation.

The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican. It was the subject of intense lobbying by groups including the restaurant association, the small business and beverage group, and the chicken farmers’ lobby.

Mike Cashion, executive director the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, says the bill is a direct reaction to Bloomberg-style government intervention in public health.

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I have argued a lot with liberals over the Bloomberg bill, that I supported (though overall I'm no Bloomberg fan, he was right on gay marriage and right on this issue too). Telling people what and how to eat is not patronizing the poor or minorities, it's defending people against corporate interests. It's a public health issue. It's the same as with the tobacco industry. People will end up seeing junk food/sugary sodas in the same light we now see smoking, one day. 

Exactly. Hopefully the utter disregard for life on the planet, (over consumption and torture of animals), will be in the same light as well one day. Like the other conversation you posted, over consumption of meat is not exactly healthy either.

How we treat animals and how we get sick from eating factory farmed animals are both moral issues, totally intertwined. I'm hoping the health issue will eventually bring into light the purely moral issue of treating sentient beings like simply a means to make tons of money

Plus half the edible parts of an animal is basically thrown away because we don't eat that stuff to-day!

I was reading some info on the ingredients that go into baked goods, some real interesting reading. About things like tartarates, and phosphates! Some of which end up in your burgers and fizzy drinks!

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