Mississippi Department of Health officials threatened to turn Donna Harris’ eight-week weight loss challenge into six months behind bars, but now the state stands accused of putting the First Amendment on a diet.
Harris, a personal trainer and fitness expert, has run a Facebook page since 2018 dedicated to encouraging healthy eating habits. Earlier this year, she launched a small side business, offering one-on-one diet coaching and weight loss tips to anyone willing to pay $99 to participate in an eight-week contest where participants could compete to shed the most pounds. Before it could even start, however, the state government shut it down.
On January 22, Harris received a cease-and-desist letter from the Mississippi Department of Health. Talking about healthy eating on Facebook and getting paid to do it, the department said, could trigger a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. In the eyes of the state, Harris was an unlicensed dietician—and apparently enough of a threat to public safety that she might need to be put behind bars.
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Remember what Isaiah 5:20 says:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
The Government is slowly and carefully removing all that was good, written by our God-fearing forefathers, and replacing it with evil. In this case our First Amendment rights being jeopardized by government ” food guidelines”.
But wouldn’t it be more advantageous to Mississippi, in this case, for their people to remain unhealthy and obese?
Allowing healthy adults to form their own opinions on what they should eat or buy at the grocery store is a freedom we all exercise. Where we find that information, and who we employ to tell us this information, should be our perrogative.
[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Eric Boem and first published at Reason.com. Title changed and commentary added by Pulpit and Pen]
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