New Zealand: Fat? No Immigration For You!

Richie Trezise emigrated to New Zealand when he got a job there, so naturally he wanted his wife Rowan to come over. But the New Zealand immigration department rejected her request because she was too fat! (They were afraid that she'd be a burden to the country's healthcare system):

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 department'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.

"You can see the logic in assessing if there is a significant health cost associated with this individual and that would be a reason for them not coming in."

Link - via Spluch

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I'm from New Zealand and I think that this is just stupid considering all of the pacific islander whales they let waddle through the airport gates. That being said, we don't know how fat she really is. There is a difference between being overweight and being a big fattie baloomba where her health could be an issue.

The first comment about race is just stupid.
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So, will New Zealand deny immigration status to those who have other health issues? If you've had cancer...nope, can't come in, you might get it again. Heart disease? Begone from our shores! If New Zealand officials were really up on their medical "stuff", they'd know that research now shows that it's yoyo dieters who are more of a health risk than just plain fat people. And by the way, I am not fat...I just think it's stupid to discriminate this way.
We WERE going to visit New attitude now? Hope the stupid country sinks.
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I'm American (sadly, nowadays I feel the need to apologize about that), and I used to be a bounder myself. I lost the weight, and my metabolism is such that it's very easy for me to gain. I can speak from the heart: Your health is your choice. Your genes decide the penalty if you screw up your body, but if you maintain your body with healthy foods, making sure you get the vitamins and minerals you need while maintaining a healthy Ph level, you're not going to become obese.

That introduction being said: NZ is well within its rights as a country to be concerned about the tax burden of its citizens. If it feels fat people constitute an unwelcome burden, and since they ARE a parlimentary democracy, then that's the way it goes. Stop complaining and go pay your 40%+ tax rate.

Incidentally, I don't fool myself about how the way democracy works; if the majority want to do something, even if it's to HARM some one, group, or thing, then, majority rules. This is also why I prefer a constitutional Republic, like America used to have.

Finally, let's do get back to something Neat on Neatorama. Politics are easy to talk about, but are not properly categorized when placed on a site associated with Uncle John's Bathroom Reader and Mental_Floss.
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