Fat People Should Be Banned From Eating Fast Food, Says Obnoxious TV Host

woman eating hamburger closeupIn news today that is pretty much guaranteed to make steam come out of your ears, UK-based TV host, hypnotherapist, and self-described "motivational weight loss master" Steve Miller believes he has THE solution for obesity. Miller, who hosts the show Fat Families, advises, "Fast food restaurants should ban obese people from gorging on junk food to shock start their weight loss."

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His rationale: Bartenders have to cut off obvious drunks, right? So, employees at fast food chains should be similarly trained to refuse to serve overweight customers in a delicate but forthright manner, Miller argues.

He explained to MailOnline:

This is not about being cruel. It is about saving people's lives. I know it is radical, however, I am a bit fed up with Government health education. There is so much common sense, but no one seems to own it. People need to start owning their own bodies. The only way to reduce obesity is by using shock tactics.

"Shock tactics"? More like discrimination and blatant weight-shaming. Talk about sick! Who is anyone to make conclusions or health recommendations about a perfect stranger based merely on their appearance?

And seriously? It's absolutely ludicrous to even begin to compare someone who is obviously intoxicated to someone who is overweight or obese and ordering a burger and fries. The fact that he thinks those two examples are on par goes to show just how little he really does understand about weight.

What is it going to take before talking heads like this guy get that junk food and soda aren't the ONLY reason people struggle with their weight? What is it going to take before we start acknowledging the bevy of other obesity culprits, like a woefully-lacking education about nutrition (that neither patients nor doctors are receiving), a too-sedentary lifestyle, toxic chemicals in our food, hormonal imbalance, mental illness, an autoimmune condition, prescription drugs, etc.?

At the very least, Miller seems to realize that health education is integral to solving the problem. And YES, right on -- we do need to own our bodies. Personal responsibility is part of the story. 

But forbidding someone from ordering a burger and fries isn't the answer. Information is. Emotional and mental support doesn't hurt either, because if overeating really is at the crux of a weight problem, you're talking about an addiction -- and it should be treated as such. In other words, it's a qualified, certified expert's job to help someone struggling with that issue. NOT a restaurant employee's.

What do you think about this guy's suggestion that fast food restaurants turn away overweight customers?

 

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