Holy Crap: New Zealand Bans Fat Woman from Entering Country
Back in July, doctors in New Zealand promoted the idea to ban fat people from entering their country. It sounded crazy. It was crazy.
But now, it has happened. 35-year-old Rowan Trezise has been rejected from entering New Zealand. Her husband had applied for a work visa and, in fact, chose to lose weight to get admitted himself.
His employer-backed skills visa was initially rejected by immigration officials when they discovered that his body mass index, or BMI, was 42, making him morbidly obese under New Zealand regulations.
Mr Trezise, a submarine cable specialist and a former soldier, said: "My doctor laughed at me. He said heâ€™d never seen anything more ridiculous in his whole life. He said not every overweight person is unhealthy or unfit."
Nice doctor! To contrast:
Robyn Toomath, a spokesman for Fight the Obesity Epidemic and an endocrinologist, said the BMI limit was valid in the vast majority of people.
She said she was opposed to obese people being stigmatised. "However, the immigration departmentâ€™s focus is different," she said. "It cannot afford to import people into the country who are going to be a significant drain on our health resources.
I'm not surprised that Ms. Toomath, with a vested interest, is willing to pitch some doublespeak. On the one hand she doesn't want fat people stigmatized; on the other hand she's willing to sit by while the immigration department does just that. Man, I thought the US government was lazy.
Are you scared? Are you angry? I am.
What's going on in New Zealand could easily happen anywhere. We're seen as a "significant drain" based on shoddy studies, bad science, and societal stereotyping. And now, we're being kept out of entire countries. I pity anyone who doesn't see this for the out and out discrimination it is, and I am angry at anyone who would support this sizist policy.
Absolutely despicable. [Many people sent this in - thank you.]