March 21st, 2013
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In Mississippi, you will never be denied a colossal soda or huge restaurant portion because of a city ordinance.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law preventing counties, districts and towns from enacting rules that limit portion sizes. It follows New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban the sale of large, sugary drinks in the city - a move that fizzled when a judge blocked the effort.

The Mississippi measure was dubbed the "Anti-Bloomberg" bill.

The new law says only the state legislature has the authority to regulate the sale and marketing of food on a statewide basis.

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

Mississippi has the nation's highest rate of obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 34.9% of the state's adult population was obese in 2011, the report said.

Read - No soda ban here: Mississippi passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill

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  1. Chris B.

    Leave it to the fattest, poorest state with the worst health care to prioritize the freedom of its citizens to not fit in one airplane seat and to run up Medicare costs.

    April 5, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  2. Kaiser

    Not surprised. Mississippi has an obesity rate of 34.9% as of 2012, probably higher today. Why would they deny gorging themselves with Sugar?!

    March 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
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