HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The debate over obesity in Mississippi is back in the news after Gov. Phil Bryant signed a controversial law to stop any future bans on food and drink in the state.
Bryant signed Senate Bill 2687 Monday, and it became law immediately.
The American Heart Association along with other health groups sent a statement, saying " Gov. Bryant fails to address our state's obesity crisis."
"We were asking for a veto and asking for more time for all the parties to come together to go back to the drawing board to figure out what was best," said Katherine Bryant, governor of director relations for the American Heart Association. She said Senate Bill 2687 does more than ban future bans on food and drink.
"One thing that this bill will do is prohibit cities from having their restaurants put calorie intake on their menus, it's called menu labeling," she said. "All that does is provide education to the consumers."
However, Gov. Bryant thinks differently.
"I don't think it's the government's business to say you can only sell this many ounces of soft drink," he said. "We should not be in the business of regulating it we about to be in the business of incentivising individual responsibility for healthcare."
Katherine said, "although people don't think that the government should take a place it takes a village to educate people."
She said the new law pushes them to work even hard at their mission.
"We are at a point now where we cannot afford to take so many steps backwards," she said. "We need to move forward and look at what we can do to improve the health of Mississippians."