It was only a matter of time until the worldwide crises
of obesity and immigration law met in the wildest of ways. Immigration
officials in New Zealand say that they have told a South African chef he must
leave the country. Why? His weight. The man, who weighs 286 pounds, moved to
Christchurch six years ago at an even higher weight of 352 pounds.
Nevertheless, the country, nearly 30 percent of whose population is overweight,
claims he does not represent "an acceptable standard of health." New
Zealand may be on its way to violating one of the most important maxims of
cooking: never trust a skinny chef.