posted on Jul, 27 2013 @ 08:55 AM
South African chef 'too fat' to live in New Zealand
Authorities in New Zealand have told a South African chef he is too fat to be allowed to live in the country.
Immigration officials said Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 130kg (286 pounds), did not have "an acceptable standard of health".
He now faces expulsion despite shedding 30kg since he moved to the city of Christchurch six years ago.
New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world, with nearly 30% of people overweight.
Hmmm...this is interesting. Are there equivalent "health status" requirements for immigration to other countries? Yes, there are. In my opinion,
morbid obesity is
a health problem; but I'm sure this article was titled to sensationalize the issue as "discrimination". It's been, what, a
few months since the last uproar - I recall a person who was 'too fat to fly', the 'fatties' in the restaurant whining about the 'code words' used to
identify which party they were for the servers...
the fat woman who was humiliated when using food stamps to buy groceries, etc.
So - is this more about 'discrimination', or is it a real health issue? Shame the press has to make it about discrimination. It's on several other
news sites as well - see the article (scroll down) for links to other sources....
and ALL of them use the words "too fat".
Well, according to the BBC article (linked above)
An immigration spokesman said Mr Buitenhuis's application had been rejected because his obesity
put him at "significant risk" of complications including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
"It is important that all migrants have an acceptable standard of health to minimise costs and demands on New Zealand's health services," he
An INZ spokesman said Buitenhuis was rejected because his obesity put him at "significant risk" of complications including
diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Other headlines listed:
Huffington Post UK
Chef Told He's Too Fat To Live In New Zealand
46 mins ago
Times of India
South African man too fat to live in New Zealand: Report
1 hr ago
SA man 'too fat' to live in NZ
6 hrs ago
MSN New Zealand
Obese South African too fat for NZ
9 hrs ago
Obese South African 'too fat' for New Zealand
10 hrs ago
Look at those "headlines" - all use the phrase "too fat" - but somehow I REALLY DOUBT those were the words used by the INZ. Sensationalism....
I think it makes sense not to allow immigrants who pose obvious 'drain' on the public health system.
What are your thoughts? Both about the wording of the headlines, AND the immigration issue?
edit on 27-7-2013 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)